Cong demands probe in real estate price rise in NDA term

Congress ridiculed Nitish Kumar for his call for `war against corruption` blaming his govt to allow officials to plunder public money during its first term.

Last Updated: Dec 12, 2010, 20:08 PM IST

Patna: The Congress on Sunday ridiculed Bihar
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his call for `war against
corruption` blaming his government to allow officials to
plunder public money during its first term and demanded probe
in `galloping rise` in real estate prices.

The Chief Minister should first act tough against
his ministerial colleagues and the NDA MLAs whose assets and
properties had recorded 200 to 600 per cent growth in the five
years of the NDA rule, BPCC spokesman Prem Chandra Mishra said
in a statement here.

Mishra, who however promised Congress will cooperate
if the state government pursued war against corruption,
demanded a thorough probe into gallpoing rise in real estate
prices in the state capital and ownership of apartments in the
city.

"The Chief Minister`s crusade against corruption will
sound convincing only if he concedes that the vice had
become rampant in the state during his government`s first
term", the BPCC chief said.

"If the Chief Minister seriously thinks about opening
schools in the seized properties and land earned through
corrupt means, then lakhs of such schools would be found
functioning in Patna only," Mishra charged.

PTI