The Congress plans to raise the issue of alleged malpractices in the allotment of about 250 acres of government land to a private party near the Gir Lion sanctuary when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was chief minister, in the upcoming budget session of the Gujarat Assembly beginning February 22.
Senior state Congress leaders at a meeting with party legislators Tuesday passed a resolution to this effect. Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia,who has been the most vocal among all Gujarat Congress leaders to have attacked Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and her daughter Anar Patel, over an alleged land allotment at nominal rates reportedly involving the latter’s business partner who owns the firm Wildwoods Resorts and Realties Pvt Ltd that allegedly gained from the allocation. Modhwadia had reacted to a news report.
Former state party chief Modhwadia, who also attended Tuesday’s meeting, told The Indian Express that the issue would be raised in a big way in the state assembly and the party legislators would demand resignation of chief minister on the issue and action against all those involved in it.
The meeting, which was presided over by the Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Shankersinh Vaghela, also resolved to raise issues of corruption, drought in several areas, drinking water crisis and bad law and order condition.
The party also discussed the issue of bringing a private member bill in the state assembly for reservation on economic grounds.
However, there was no discussion on the issue of Patidar agitation seeking OBC status for the Patidar community for purposes of reservation.
In a statement, Vaghela said that Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan at an All India speakers’ Conference in Gandhinagar had recently suggested to hold budget session of state assemblies at least for 60 days to discuss all issues properly.
“But the state government has convened just 26-day Budget session, which is shorter by a day than the last budget session,” Vaghela said in his statement.
Vaghela said that his party would demand that the length of the Budget session be extended up to 40 days.