May 27, 2023

There was no remark from Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma or his household. (File)

New Delhi:

The Congress on Sunday accused Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his household of “grabbing” 18 acres of land meant for the landless, and demanded his fast dismissal together with a Supreme Court monitored probe by a particular investigative group.

Addressing a joint press convention, Congress leaders Jitendra Singh, Gaurav Gogoi and Gourav Vallabh alleged that Sarma misused his official place to illegally switch authorities land for landless folks in favour of RBS Realtors from 2006 to 2009, when he was a robust minister within the then Congress authorities.

The Congress leaders had been accompanied by get together MPs Ripun Bora and Abdul Khaleque, who alleged that the Chief Minister was aiding the land mafia in usurping the land for the landless. They mentioned they’d elevate the matter in parliament in addition to on the streets.

There was no remark from Mr Sarma or his household, and neither from the BJP over the allegations.

Mr Vallabh and Mr Singh alleged that the Assam Chief Minister, on one hand is exhibiting high-handedness by evicting poor and disadvantaged households on the grounds that nobody has the best to illegally take over authorities land, however has himself handed over such land value crores to his relations.

They mentioned as per impartial investigations, actual property firm RBS Realtors, co-founded by Mr Sarma’s spouse Riniki Bhuyan Sarma, is allegedly occupying round 18 acres of presidency land supposed for landless people and establishments.

“We demand that Sarma, who along with his family, is involved in usurping land for the landless people, should be immediately sacked from his position,” Mr Vallabh advised reporters.

“A sitting Chief Minister, whose family is directly involved in land grabbing, has no right to remain in power. He must be immediately sacked from his position,” he mentioned, including that he hopes Prime Minister Narendra Modi will sack such a “land mafia Chief Minister”.

The Congress chief added that the “EC/I-T/CBI/FSIO are expected to investigate all such friends who have no right to constitutionally and morally hold the positions they are occupying”.

Jitendra Singh, who’s AICC in-charge for Assam, mentioned the Congress hoped PM Modi who has mentioned that he wouldn’t permit anybody to take pleasure in corrupt practices, will perform an impartial investigation into the alleged land offers and cancel the identical.

“We want that the prime minister should conduct a probe by an SIT under the monitoring of a sitting Supreme Court judge,” he mentioned.

Mr Singh additional alleged that one has seen that probe businesses like Enforcement Directorate (ED), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Income Tax (IT) division have acted like BJP functionaries by initiating motion in opposition to political opponents of the saffron get together, and will now examine people who find themselves corrupt within the BJP too.

Taking a dig on the ruling get together, Mr Gogoi requested what “washing machine does the BJP have that when it takes leaders from other parties who are facing corruption charges, turn clean after they join the BJP?” He alleged that Mr Sarma was dealing with corruption probes in opposition to him in Louis Berger and Sharda scams earlier than becoming a member of the BJP, however turned “clean” after becoming a member of the saffron get together.

Mr Gogoi mentioned the Congress has 4 calls for for the Modi authorities — an SIT be constituted instantly underneath the supervision of a sitting decide of the Supreme Court to research the matter and the SIT should perform its investigation in a time-bound method”.

He said the ED, CBI, IT, Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) and all other investigative agencies must be asked to file a complaint and initiate an investigation of all such similar unlawful land transfers in the state of Assam.

Giving more details, the party leaders alleged that RBS Realtors Private Limited acquired most of the 18 acres in two stages, first in 2006-2007 and then in 2009.

“Individuals which are landless and needy are granted ceiling surplus land by the Assam authorities and are prohibited from promoting that land for a 10-year interval, however in 2009, a complete of 11 bigha three katha and 4 lessa (3,01,674 sq. toes or 6.92 acres) of ceiling surplus land in Bongora supposed for and allotted to supposedly needy people by the federal government of Assam, was purchased by the corporate, violating the 10-year lock-in interval,” they mentioned.

The Congress demanded that every one illegal land transfers to the aforementioned realtors should be instantly cancelled and provisions made to supply different land to the landless and needy folks whose land was unscrupulously taken away.

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