27 June :Leaders of both ruling BJP and opposition Congress in Uttarakhand are now battling ‘land scam’ allegations, CM Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank has come under fire from the Opposition for changing the land use of a biochemical factory at Rishikesh.
Leader of Opposition H S Rawat and PCC chief Yashpal Arya alleged that it was done to provide benefits to some BJP leaders.
Nishank, however, denied allegations of any irregularity in the Rs 400 crore Rishikesh housing project where land use pattern of 30 acres of land of Citurgia Biochemicals Limited was changed for housing purposes.
“I can say with authority that the land use pattern of the project was changed strictly under the guidelines of BIFR (Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction). There was no irregularity of any kind, not even of a single paisa,” Nishank said.
Rawat, who had been vociferously raising the issue in and outside the assembly, is also finding himself at the centre of a raging controversy.
Mahmud Hasan, a local farmer, has approached the minority commission with a complaint alleging that more than 100 bighas of land at Sahaspur area in Dehradun district belonging to a woman from New Delhi was “fraudulently transferred” in the name of Rawat’s wife and another woman.
Nishank has said the complaint is being “looked into” while Rawat has strongly denied the allegations and dared the government to order a CBI probe into the matter.