Scams worth Rs 1 lakh crore in Gujarat: Zadafia

Last Updated: Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 22:33

New Delhi: Gordhanbhai Zadafia, a former minister in the Narendra Modi government, on Thursday alleged scams to the tune of Rs one lakh crore in the state since 2002 and sought President Pratibha Patil`s intervention on the
Lokayukta issue.

The former minister of state for home, who left Modi to form his own Mahagujarat Janta Party, today led a delegation to Patil.

He maintained that the appointment of RA Mehta as the state`s Lokayukta was correct and Modi had no right to oppose the appointment.

"There is no provision in the Lokayukta Act of Gujarat that consulting the Council of ministers or the chief minister is a must," Zadafia said and sought immediate intervention of the President and the Central government in the matter.

"The state government is planning to amend the Lokayukta Act during a special Assembly session on September 26-27 after which Council of Ministers and the Chief Minister will have a say in the appointment," he said.

He alleged that the post of Lokayukta has been lying vacant for the last seven and a half years despite three reminders from the governor.

"We met the President for half an hour. She suggested to us that we should also take this matter to the Prime Minister and the union Home Minister," Zadafia said.

He alleged that 17 scams worth Rs one lakh crore have taken place since 2002 in Gujarat.

"This includes giving away of 40,000 hectares of land to senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu on lease of Rs 1.5 paise per square metre. Land was given to Archean Chemicals and Solaris in the Kutch region," he alleged. Zadafia alleged that the Modi government was running on "daani (donations), Adani and Ambani". The Adani and Ambani groups have business interests in Gujarat.

The former minister charged that Adani group had indulged in a breach of contract by leasing away a land allotted to it under the SEZ scheme.

He maintained that just as the BJP was supporting the Lokpal issue at the Centre, it should agree to the Lokayukta in Gujarat.

"If Modi is such a brilliant student, then why is he running away from facing an examination," he questioned. Referring to a CAG report, the former BJP leader said the Rs 6,350 crore Sujalam Sufalam scheme was launched in Gujarat and though Rs 2,200 crore had been spent no real work had been done under it.

He requested Anna Hazare to visit Gujarat to strengthen the fight against corruption in the state.

He said that senior BJP leader LK Advani before taking out his yatra against corruption should first accept a Lokayukta in Gujarat. Advani plans to take out his yatra from Gujarat.

Zadafia said BJP had lost its ideology and was becoming "saffron Congress" while the Congress is "equally ugly".

PTI




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