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A day after the Congress alleged that the BJP bought land in several districts of Odisha ahead of the demonetisation drive, the party said there was nothing secretive about it. Refuting the Congress allegations, state BJP spokesman Sajjan Sharma said for the past several months the party has been buying land in all parts of the country for its offices. “The state office of the party is in a government quarter. It was decided by the party’s national president to have our own offices before the 2019 polls. What’s wrong with that,” he said.
He said the party would construct buildings with uniform design in all the organisational district headquarters. “The allegation that it is linked to demonetisation is ridiculous,” he said.
BJP sources said the party has bought land in 18 districts of the state and was planning to buy more in the rest of the 18 organisational districts.
On Wednesday, the Congress alleged that a two-acre plot in Kendrapara district, worth about Rs 45 lakh, was bought in August by Surendranath Lath, former Rajya Sabha MP. It said the BJP bought 0.23 acres of land in Jagatsinghpur for Rs 8.25 lakh in September; about 10,000 sq ft in Berhampur for Rs 20 lakh in October. Lath, who is bedridden, was not available for comment.