Cong wants enquiry into Rajarhat land acquisition

WBPCC president Manas Bhuinya said the government should have paid a higher price to land owners.

Updated: Nov 17, 2010, 21:20 PM IST

Kolkata: The Congress on Wednesday demanded an
inquiry into the land acquisition at Rajarhat, saying housing
minister Goutam Deb should "suo moto" request Chief Minister
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to prove innocence in a probe.

"The housing minister had said that land acquisition at
Rajarhat has been transparent. If his conscience is clean, let
him make a suo motu request to the chief minister for an
investigation. After all, the minister cannot order an
investigation against himself," WBPCC president Manas Bhuinya
said at a press conference.

At his press conference yesterday, Deb had cited a
report of the West Bengal Assembly`s Committee on Government
Assurances, of which Bhuinya was the chairman, to say that the
land acquisition was transparent.

When this was pointed out to Bhuinya, he claimed that
in his report he had merely stated that the land acquisition at
Rajarhat had been done through discussions with the land
owners by an all-party land acquisition committee.

At his press conference yesterday, Deb had cited a
report of the West Bengal Assembly`s Committee on Government
Assurances, of which Bhuinya was the chairman, to say that the
land acquisition was transparent.

When this was pointed out to Bhuinya, he claimed that
in his report he had merely stated that the land acquisition at
Rajarhat had been done through discussions with the land
owners by an all-party land acquisition committee.

"I was keen to know how the land could be acquired
peacefully when there was so much violence at Singur and
Nandigram against land acquired. I found that land had been
acquired at Rajarhat through discussion and I had mentioned
this in my report," he said.

Bhuinya, who is the CLP leader in the Assembly, said
the government should have paid a higher price to land owners.

PTI