Cornered BJP accuses cong of land scams
On the backfoot after the Bombay high court ordered a probe into its city president Raj Purohit’s alleged role in the Pune land scam, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday hit back at the Congress with allegations of multiple land scams under the slum redevelopment scheme.
Senior BJP leader and former Member of Parliament, Kirit Somaiya, demanded a probe into clearances to six major slum redevelopment projects alleging that it was a Rs50,000-crore scam. He said he would file a public interest litigation if the government did not act.
“They [those involved in the scam] have violated every law under the slum rehabilitation authority [SRA]. How can this happen when the CM himself heads the urban development and housing departments,” Somaiya asked, pointing fingers at CM Prithviraj Chavan and his predecessor, Ashok Chavan.
Somaiya said six city builders got illegal clearances from the state for slum redevelopment projects under the Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yojana and the National Housing and Habitat Scheme. Somaiya alleged that these builders collectively got 235lakh sq ft of land for Rs6,652 crore while the market price was Rs41,840 crore. “All clearances were either given in August 2009, when the state elections were declared, or on November 11, when the former CM was acting as a caretaker and had no authority to take any decisions,” he said.
Congress spokesperson Anant Gadgil denied the allegations. “The BJP has developed a mechanism for constantly provide news that will turn the common man against the Congress.”
Somaiya wants the CM to give a list of clearances given to builders in August 2009 and from October 30 to November 11.