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‘Merger of villages with civic body area aims to promote land mafia’

Congress alleges land mafia will either purchase properties from farmers at throwaway prices or encroach acquired government land

dehradun Updated: Sep 11, 2017 21:15 IST
Prithviraj Singh
Prithviraj Singh
Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand,Dehradun,Pritam Singh
State Congress president Pritam Singh accuses the state government of promoting land mafia.(HT File)

The Congress on Monday accused the ruling BJP of promoting land mafias and illegal sale of government lands by bringing more villages under jurisdiction of urban civic bodies.

The state cabinet’s decision to incorporate more rural areas in municipalities is designed at promoting of land mafia as latter will either purchase properties from farmers at throw away prices or encroach government lands that will be acquired by the municipal bodies, PCC president Pritam Singh to the media.

Singh said similar merger of panchayat bodies happened in the past and land acquired by Dehradun Municipal Corporation were encroached and sold by unscrupulous elements in collusion with the local administration.

“Earlier, Dehradun city was a municipal board but was converted into Corporation and a large area of panchayat bodies were acquired by the new Dehradun municipal body but what happened latter is well known to everyone.

“It’s going to be a repeat of it for government lands will meet the same fate at the hands of mafia. However, the Congress will oppose it tooth and nail and not let the state government succeed in its nefarious design,” said Singh.

He said had the government made its decision on developmental plank it would have first set the civic facilities of existing municipal corporation area in order and then thought of merger.

Ill designed merger of panchayt bodies, law and order situation in the state has come down to its worse with BJP workers going no holds bar across the state, Congress state unit chief said.

The state machinery of the state has failed to curb violence by BJP workers in Haridwar, he said.

“BJP workers man handled their own MLA in Haridwar but FIR was lodged against the legislator not the accused vandals. In another similar cases supporters to two ministers clashed with each other but police and district administration watched quietly,” said Singh.

He claimed that the BJP leadership was unable to keep its rank and file under control as they have least regard for law of the land.

He said the BJP government has no intention to fight against corruption as they have backed off from their earlier announcement to hold CBI probe in NH 74 scam and handed out matter to SIT.

“They knew it well who all would have been in the net had there been CBI probe. Government’s retreat over previous decision for CBI inquiry was to save their own men” said the Congress president.

First Published: Sep 11, 2017 21:15 IST