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Left Front govt in fresh row over land

kolkata Updated: Sep 06, 2009 15:40 IST

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After Singur and Nandigram fiasco, the Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee government is now facing a fresh controversy over a premier resort on the city's outskirts with a rift between ruling Left constituents coming out in open on methods employed to acquire land for use by private realtor.

Three crucial state departments, Land and Land Reforms, IT and Urban Development, controlled by the biggest Left constituent CPI(M) are embroiled in the row over Vedic Village, which came under scanner after it was torched during a football match-related clash on August 23.

A large quantity of illegal arms and ammunition were found from the resort after which 30 persons, including Raj Kishore Modi, the Managing Director of Vedic Realty, were arrested. The charges include forcible acquiring of land.

While the Nandigram and Singur episodes brought into focus the Left Front government's alleged questionable industrial policy, the Vedic Village affair has raised questions about transparency at a time when the ruling alliance is reeling under the Lok Sabha electoral debacle.

"We were kept in the dark about such huge investment and alleged illegal land deals concerning Vedic Village. It has tarnished the image of the Left Front government. We demand an impartial enquiry, and if necessary by the CBI," Left Front leader Ashok Ghosh told PTI.

"We must know what the original purpose of Vedic Village was, whether its owners have stuck to it and whether there was any illegal and immoral activity there," Ghosh, who is the state secretary of the Forward Bloc, said.