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Kejriwal rejects Haryana's contention; Congress says charges are absurd

Source : PTI
Last Updated: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 18:40 hrs
Kejriwal batters Congress with Vadra, DLF "nexus"

New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday rejected Haryana government's contention that there was no wrong doing in its dealings with DLF over a land given to a company linked with Robert Vadra even as the activist was accused by Congress of speaking "half truths and innuendos".

As the Indian Against Corruption(IAC) activist stuck to his stand, senior Congress leaders including Defence Minister A K Antony and party President Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel held consultations on the strategy ahead in the wake of the controversy over Vadra's links with realty major DLF.

Congress also suspected opposition hand behind Kejriwal's charges against the son-in-law of Sonia and alleged that whenever the party moved for economic reforms, its detractors brought "this type of negativity".

A day after alleging that Haryana government favoured DLF, Kejriwal said questions still remained on why land was given to a company linked with Vadra.

Kejriwal alleged that the sale of 30 acres of land meant for building a hospital to DLF for developing SEZ raises questions as Vadra had later bought stakes in the company.

Rebutting the allegations, Haryana government on Tuesday said the land had been released to East India Hotels Ltd more than 16 years ago and the permission was granted to it to sell land to DLF Ltd "after following due process of law".

Haryana Government has accepted that when the government had acquired land for residential purpose and East India Hotels Ltd was given a 30-acre land for building a hospital in 1995, it did not do so till 2005, a statement by Kejriwal-led IAC said.

"This raises a suspicion on Haryana government as even though the company did not build the hospital for such a long period neither was any action taken against the company nor was the land taken back by the government," it said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury said his charges were "absurd" as there was no land belonging to Haryana Government which was given away to DLF. "There is no such land (earmarked for hospital)," she said.

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