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Another land grab charge against MP minister’s men

india Updated: Apr 27, 2010 00:26 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
state industries minister

The latest secret that crawled out of the woodwork, following the expose of state industries minister Kailash Vijayvargiya's role in selling off a leased out government land, is another case of capture of government land in Indore.

Madhya Pradesh Congress spokesman K K Mishra told Hindustan Times on Monday that Vijayvargiya's followers got overhead water tanks in a low income group housing area demolished, at a time the city was reeling under a severe water crisis.

The locality was represented by one of the Vijayvargiya loyalists, Chandu Shinde, in the last IMC council that functioned from 2004 to 2009.

Mishra said a bungalow, housing a yoga centre and a badminton court, were subsequently built on the land.

But Shinde denied any wrongdoing.

"I didn't transfer the land to my name or attempt to forcibly occupy it. The allegations are just a canard. But my constituents arehappy. That's all that matters to me."

He said, "The tanks were demolished because the structures were dilapidated. Due processes were followed and tenders were floated for the demolition work."

Congress leader Vipin Khujneri, a former corporator from the area, however, pointed out that two separate surveys by the municipal corporation, spread over seven years, found the structures to be "repairable".

According to the stone slab put up at the site, Vijayvargiya, his confidant and BJP MLA Ramesh Mendola and Shinde dedicated the facilities to the public in October 2009.

But Uma Shashi Sharma, who had taken over as the mayor by then, was conspicuously absent at the function.