BJP has attacked the Haryana government, which was pulled up by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on land acquisition. The Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust run by Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s family is the main beneficiary of the acquisition.
“What holds good for Bhatta Parsol should hold good for Ullawas,” BJP leader Arun Jaitley said, referring to Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi’s recent campaign against the UP government for acquiring land from villagers in Bhatta Parsol village. In the land grab issue in Haryana, BJP has found a perfect political counter to blunt Gandhi’s attempts to emerge as a champion of farmer’s rights.
“A debate was kicked off over land acquisition in Bhatta Parsaul. The facts of the Punjab and Haryana High Court order bring out a matter of great concern. In Ullawas village of Gurgaon, 1,400 acres of panchayat land – a collective property of villagers – were acquired by the government. This land included the panchayat office. Soon after, the land was leased to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and HM Sachdev. Of the 1,400 acres, 300 were given to builders,” Jaitley said.
The Haryana government had come in for criticism from the high court on Monday. “When you are caught red handed, you are trying to escape… We cannot tolerate what you are doing with the common man,” the high court observed, criticising the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government.
“This has to be stopped. We are shocked at the sad state of affairs. Be rational and fair to everybody,” the high court added. On Tuesday, the state government claimed that of the 65 petitioners, 55 had withdrawn complaints and the state had constituted a high-level committee to study the matter. There were pervasive reports that the petitioners were threatened into withdrawing complaints.
“Influential people should not be allowed to use state power to grab land,” Jaitley said, adding that Sachdev was closely linked with the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust. Addressing a press conference, Haryana additional advocate general Narinder Hooda said that the claimants have agreed to put their grievances before a highpowered committee headed by principal secretary, town and country planning, to examine land acquisition for developing residential of sectors 58-63 and 65-67 (commercial) in Gurgaon. Economic Times