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BJP stalls Parliament over Vadra’s land ‘deals’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 12
Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra is in the eye of yet another storm and again for his alleged land deals. Months after AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal alleged “malafide links” between Vadra and real estate giant DLF in Haryana, the Opposition BJP today raked up the issue of his alleged land deals in Bikaner (Rajasthan), disrupting proceedings in both Houses of Parliament.

Sonia Gandhi was present in the Lok Sabha when the BJP members stormed the Well carrying placards that read: “Finance Minister, adopt the formula of son-in-law: Earn sitting at home and reduce losses”.

The BJP demanded a court-monitored CBI inquiry into alleged anomalies by Vadra.

Party spokesman Prakash Javadekar wanted to know the source of his money. He also targeted the Congress-led Rajasthan government for giving Vadra “red carpet treatment” and bending rules to favour companies linked to him.

The party had given notices in both Houses for the suspension of question hour following reports on how Vadra allegedly broke law in buying land in Rajasthan. The party alleged the Haryana-a state also ruled by the Congress-had also extended undue favours to Vadra. BJP MP from Bikaner Arjun Ram Meghwal said the state government was to provide land for free or at a nominal price for solar power generation. Vadra gave a power of attorney to a man called Mahesh Nagar to start purchasing land and companies were formed for the purpose, he alleged.

“Unsecured loans were given to firms linked to Vadra for the purchase of land and then parts of the same land were bought back at hefty rates. Large purchases of land were made without attracting any attention either from the income tax authorities or the Enforcement Directorate. The Centre is also involved,” the BJP MP alleged. Most of land was purchased near power stations.

The Centre had approved 722 companies for solar power production and the state government was supposed to create a land bank in Bikaner and some other areas of Rajasthan, he said.

Companies seeking land were told by the state authorities that no land was available. “They have to, per force, purchase land from companies linked to Robert Vadra,” Meghwal alleged. The land was being sold at rates several times higher than those at which it was purchased.

He also alleged that amendments to the land ceiling Act were made by the state government to benefit Vadra. “Mutations were done in a day. All this to benefit the son-in-law. It is a sequel to Haryana land scam,” he said. 





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