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Congress alleges graft in rural projects

In letter to DM, claims anomalies in works undertaken with MPLAD funds.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: May 14, 2015 12:00:54 am
mplad, mplad funds, amethi, amethi mplad funds, congress, amethi road project, rahul gandhi visit amethi, rahul gandhi visit, india news, lucknow news Ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s visit to his constituency Amethi, the district unit of Congress has written a letter to district magistrate alleging corruption and anomalies in the rural road projects

Days ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s visit to his constituency Amethi, the district unit of Congress has written a letter to district magistrate alleging corruption and anomalies in the rural road projects undertaken in the constituency from MPLAD funds.

A letter in this regard was written by district Congress president Yogendra Mishra last week, where he has alleged that some of the agencies engaged in the construction of roads in the constituency were either using substandard material or were not following norms.

“We are visiting villages to conduct survey of the crop damage and in some of the villages, locals complained that the roads have been damaged soon after the construction,” said Mishra.

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He further said, “As there were many complaints, we have written to the DM to look into the issue as most of these roads have been constructed from the MP local area development fund”.

Mishra also said that he has requested the DM to blacklist the private agencies if any anomaly is found in their work.

Meanwhile, Amethi DM, Jagat Raj said, “I have received a complaint from Congress district president about anomaly in construction of rural roads constructed from MPLAD fund. I have handed over an inquiry to executive engineer of Rural Engineering Services department. He can speak in this regard only after the detailed inquiry report is received.”

Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit Amethi on May 18 and 19.

BJP hits out at Rahul

A day after Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani and Agriculture minister Sanjeev Balyan targeted Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, UP BJP president Laxmikant Bajpai Wednesday said the Congress vice-president must keep his brother-in-law in mind while speaking against Land Acquisition Bill.

Bajpai asked Rahul whether rules of land acquisition had been followed when land was taken for his brother-in-law, Robert Vadra, in Haryana during UPA rule. He also said that 285 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) were sanctioned by the UPA government between 2005-2010 and Rahul should explain what benefits farmers get from these projects.

He also said that Akhilesh government was doing injustice with farmers who suffered loss of crop and has not done survey of the loss as per revised criteria that provides financial relief to loss of 33 per cent potential crop.

Bajpai said that Mulayam Singh Yadav calls himself Dhartipurta but his son Akhilesh was not behaving like a dhartiputra. He said that Union Ministers met affected farmers across UP but Akhilesh or none of his ministers visited any affected village.

 

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