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The Congress has linked allotted of land worth Rs 2.05 crore to the BJP in Rajasthan’s Kota district to demonetisation, and called for an inquiry and cancellation of the allotment. “The land was bought by BJP barely two months before demonetisation, which is questionable in itself. Moreover, the land was given on a 30-year lease by the Railways to Urban Improvement Trust, Kota, only for public services and amenities,” said Congress leader Shanti Dhariwal.
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BJP’s Kota District President Hemant Vijayvargiya dismissed the allegation, and claimed that there was “zero irregularity or wrongdoing” in the purchase.
“All the money is accounted for. Even PAN number was quoted as required and the money came from the party. It is a completely transparent process,’’ he said. He added that they had bought the 3,000 square metre land for the party’s divisional office, as per the recently introduced land policy for urban areas.
“Our current office is in less than 200 square feet area and I had been seeking land for the party office here for a long time. Even on the day I assumed charge as Kota district president in August 2014, I had listed this as one of my priorities.’’
He said that they got the land allotment letter in September but the registry was pending. State working committee member Jayant Patwardhan, one of the two people with the power of attorney, insisted that there was no question of wrongdoing as the transaction was done through a cheque.
The land was allotted under the ‘Policy for allotment of land for different objects in urban areas of Rajasthan – 2015’.
Under the policy, a maximum of 6,000 square metres can be allotted in Jaipur, 3,000 square metres in divisional headquarters and 2,000 square metres in district headquarters to a recognised political party on a 99-year lease.