Under attack from the Opposition over corruption cases, Congress has decided to highlight scams in land allotment, acquisition and social welfare schemes in Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states.
The party has directed its state units to prepare ‘chargesheets’ against BJP state Governments and take the issue to President Pratibha Patil . Congress made a beginning on Thursday, when its MLAs from Uttarakhand sought the President’s intervention in checking ‘rampant corruption’ in the poll-bound state.
In a memorandum submitted to Patil, the delegation led by AICC General Secretary Birendra Singh submitted a charge sheet against the state Government alleging scams in land allotment in Rishikesh, hydro power projects, disaster management and Uttarakhand Seeds and Tarai Development Corporation. Referring to a CAG report, the memorandum said the state Government’s “grave illegalities and irregularities” have been exposed in organising the Maha Kumb Mela, 2010.
“Lots of corruption and irregularities were committed in construction of bridges, roads, residences and works related to cleanliness, drinking water, health and electricity,” the memorandum alleged. It also alleged “misuse of the Government money” by the state. Highlighting the alleged land scam in Rishikesh, the memorandum charged that “out of 50.47 acres of prime land on Ganga bank, 30 acres worth 400 crore was sold to builders and property developers holding high offices and position in the ruling party for a paltry 13 crore.”
After Uttarakhand, the Gujarat state unit will submit a 1,000-page chargesheet to the President on Friday. Congress MPs, MLAs and state unit leaders will meet Patil and demand a thorough probe against the Narendra Modi Government.
The state unit has raised a number of issues including allotment of Government land to private players despite the advice of officials against it and corruption in ICDS schemes etc.
Congress has obtained documents under the Right to Information Act to prove its charges against the Modi Government.
Gujarat Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil said, “when Anna Hazareji was in Delhi, he spoke about Gujarat and the chief minister. So we requested him to come to Gujarat and see the reality. He and met us all. And then he said that I was told that Gujarat is all vibrant but all I can see is scams and scams. This is the true picture we want India to see.” Economic Times