Congress questions Modi’s ‘silence’

It is a clear case of impropriety, corruption and conflict of interest, says Tewari

February 08, 2016 11:34 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 05:00 am IST - NEW DELHI:

Congress unleashed a sharp attack on Prime Minister Narendara Modi on Monday, criticising him for his “silence” on the controversial Gujarat land deal involving the State’s Chief Minister Anandiben Patel.

Pointing to the allotment of government owned land at “throwaway prices,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said the Supreme Court should take suo motu cognisance of the case and order an “independent” investigation.

Claiming that certain “new facts” had surfaced regarding the transfer of land to a private company that allegedly had links with Ms. Patel’s daughter, Mr. Tewari said there was a “clear case of impropriety, a clear case of corruption and a definite case of conflict of interest.”

He said that in 2010, the Gujarat government had officially barred commercial activities within a two-kilometre radius of the Gir wildlife sanctuary. Since the land had been allotted from one of the parcels close to the sanctuary, Mr. Tewari said the ensuing development could prove disastrous for the ecologically fragile area, home to the endangered Asiatic Lions.

“The question that arises is who is this customisation of policy benefiting? Who will benefit from the flagrant violation of environment law and wildlife protection law?”

“The silence of the Prime Minister and Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel is deafening,” he said.

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