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Heritage havelis` `sale` rocks Rajasthan Assembly

Last Updated: Friday, February 26, 2010 - 18:38

Jaipur: Alleged sale of heritage havelis in
Jaipur`s Amber fort area today led to uproarious scenes in the
Rajasthan Assembly with ruling Congress and Opposition BJP
trading charges over the issue, leading to adjournment of the
House for an hour.

During the Question Hour, Congress and BJP blamed each
other`s governments on a question put up by Ramnarayan Meena
(Congress) regarding the sale of heritage havelis.

Tourism, Art and Culture Minister Bina Kak said no haveli
or protected monument under the jurisdiction of the department
has been sold out.

However, three privately owned havelis were sold out to
private buyers, two of which were bought by Heritage City
Conservation Private Limited, she said.

In the notified area the protected heritage property,
monument and havelis were safe and a few local encroachers,
specially small vendors, were removed, Kak said.

Meena, however, termed Kak`s reply as "incomplete and

As he stated that the minister had given a "clean chit"
to the previous BJP government, the party MLAs rushed to
the well and shouted anti-Congress slogans.

Congress MLAs Raghu Sharma and Pratap Singh Khachariwas
claimed they have papers on havelis` illegal sale during the
BJP regime.

As the noisy scenes halted the Question Hour proceedings,
the Speaker adjourned the House for an hour.


First Published: Friday, February 26, 2010 - 18:38
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