New Delhi: Stepping up its attack on the
Congress over the "irregularities in land allocation" to a
trust in Haryana, BJP on Thursday demanded the resignation of state
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
"There are a lot of irregularities in allocation of five
acres of prime land to the trust. It is high time Hooda must
quit," BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters outside
Haryana has leased five acres of land to the Rajiv
Gandhi Charitable Trust in Gurgaon for construction of an
eye care hospital.
The state government has defended the allocation saying
the panchayat land has not been sold to the trust but given on
lease for 33 years.
Countering the state government`s claim, Prasad said, "If
everything is clear then why did the government of Haryana
tell the Punjab and Haryana High Court after seven days of
hearing that they are going to review the matter."
He further said, "There are lot of suspicious
circumstances surrounding it (allocation of land). The facts
are coming out. The entire allocation of land is completely
lacking in transparency."
When told that Congress has maintained that it is not
commercial land but panchayat land and there is no acquisition
of land as such, Prasad said, "Panchayat land is all the more
serious. Panchayat land is meant for panchayat people. But
here people of the same panchayat said they are forced by the
Deputy Commissioner to part with the land."