No farm land acquired for Rajiv Gandhi Trust: Cong
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 23:57
New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday termed as "height of fertile imagination" the controversy surrounding land-lease in Gurgaon to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and accused the Opposition of putting public interest behind political gains in making an issue out of nothing.

"There are political parties as well as persons who are tilting the windmills at non-existent facts. These are heights of fertile imagination. This is a campaign based on misinformation and disinformation.

"No farmer land has been acquired for the trust. Therefore, there is no question of the deacquisition of land exemption for the trust. The trust was given the land belonging to a Gram Sabha merely on lease for running the hospital and carrying out charitable work," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here.

Singhvi's reaction came on a day, when stepping up its attack on the ruling party, BJP demanded the resignation of Haryana Chief Minister M Bhupinder Singh Hooda for "illegal" denotification and lease of land to the trust.

BJP chief Nitin Gadkari said, "All laws were set aside by the Hooda government to give this land worth Rs 50 crore on lease to the Gandhi family. The land was denotified before it was leased to Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and daughter Priyanka. Why this double standards of the Gandhi family?"

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadhra are trustees of the charitable body.

"If Yeddyurappa had to resign due to denotification of a land, the Hooda government should also resign for denotifying this property," Gadkari said.

Dismissing such parallels, Singhvi urged for looking at the issue with a sense of balance and criticised the media for reporting on the issue "without checking the facts".


First Published: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 23:57

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