In tit-for-tat action, BJP targets Chhattisgarh's Congress chief

In tit-for-tat action, BJP targets Chhattisgarh

98955Raipur, Jul 19 - With just hours remaining for the curtains to rise over the Chhattisgarh Assembly’s Monsoon Session, the ruling BJP placed the principal opposition Congress' state President Bhupesh Baghel in the cross-hairs by alleging that he bypassed rules about two decades back, while having plots allotted to his mother and his wife in the Bhilai Special Area Development Authority’s Mansarovar Housing Scheme. At a press conference here, the saffron party’s state General Secretary and Legislator Shivratan Sharma – in tandem with former parliamentary secretary Vijay Baghel – said that, when Mr Bhupesh was an MLA between 1993 and 1998 in undivided Madhya Pradesh, he had two sets of six plots combined into two and allotted to kin, though the authorised agency cannot do this sans the government permission. The duo said the two ladies did not even apply for plots and added that this case of shattering the dreams of a dozen impoverished families, amounts to an offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act. They demanded Mr Bhupesh's resignation as MLA and warned that BJP would initiate legal action. Asked whether this issue constituted retaliation against the Congress for planning to raise the inconsistencies in Chhattisgarh State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited in the Vidhan Sabha and what is the propriety of raising such an old issue, the saffron party leaders claimed that they harbour no trepidation vis-à-vis the CSCSC matter as the Congress does not possess a single fact in this regard and is merely shooting arrows in the wind. As far as the scheme issue goes, the BJP learnt of it at this juncture and received documents, the leaders added.

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