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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, August 16, 2013
Congress MP from Gurgaon Rao Inderjit Singh on Friday said that he did not hold a brief for or against Robert Vadra, the businessman son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
“But I do hold a brief for my constituents who have elected me,” he said while answering questions about the controversial land deal involving Vadra and realty major DLF.

The Congress MP in reply to a question said that Vadra being a citizen of this country could not be considered above law. “If he has not done anything wrong, he need not worry. But if he has, then he will have to bear the consequences,” he said.

He, however, avoided comment on the controversy regarding the Vadra-DLF land deal and Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka. He said since it was an issue between the state government and Khemka, it would not be appropriate for anyone outside it to comment on it.

Demanding a fair probe into the licences issued for change of land use (CLU) for more than 21,000 acres in Gurgaon, Singh alleged that these gave undue benefits to private builders and middlemen.

He said he was surprised the way huge chunks of land were either released or shifted in three Gurgaon development plans - 2021, 2025 and 2031 - from category of institutional to residential or industrial category to help builders make a killing. “Only builders got benefitted in all these transactions as they bought the land after the draft development plan and the status of the land changed in the final plan,” he alleged.

He also distributed a list of 55 builders and individuals whose land, he alleged, had been released even after several stages of the acquisition procedure were complete.

“People suspected that there was some khel (meaning irregularity) in all this,” he said.

Intensifying his tirade against the chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led government, he said while Gurgaon contributed more than 55% of the total revenue of the state, it was shocking to see that there were no roads, sewerage, power and law and order or any other basic amenities there.

“I am not speaking against the government but for my people. That's how I look at things,” he said.

However, on being asked if he was planning to leave the Congress or float his own party or have alliance with any other party, Singh got evidently anguished and said that it was he who belonged to the original Congress.

“Today, the Haryana Congress seems to be a private limited company,” he quipped. On being asked if he would attend the August 20 rally convened by another Hooda detractor and Congress MP Birender Singh at Jind, he said he had not received any invitation for it.