RAIPUR: Opposition Congress on Saturday announced that, if voted to power in the coming elections in Chhattisgarh, its government would set up a commission to probe all land acquisitions and other land deals carried out during the last ten years of BJP rule.
“We are going to include this promise in the party’s election manifesto for the coming assembly elections”, state Congress president Dr Charan Das Mahant told newsmen.
Mahant, union minister of state for agriculture and food processing, did not agree with a perception that Congress during the last 10 years in opposition did not take a pro-active stand against large scale acquisition of farm land for industrial uses and purchase of land by industrial groups, even by unscrupulous means, under the BJP rule.
“It’s not correct. Our party legislators and other leaders from the respective areas had always stood with the affected people wherever land acquisition took place. We will definitely include in our manifesto the issue of setting up a commission to probe all land deals during the last ten years”, he added.
Mahant’s response came at a press conference of union minister for rural development Jairam Ramesh, who explained the new central “The right to fair compensation and transparency in land acquisition, rehabilitation and re-settlement Act 2013″. He said many provisions in the new law were of importance to Chhattisgarh, where there are many land acquisition issues.