"Chautala's charges against Rahul baseless"

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 16:24 hrs

A day after Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supremo Om Prakash Chautala alleged that Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has bought land by undervaluing it and evading stamp duty, the Congress on Thursday critcised the former Haryana Chief Minister and said his allegations were 'totally baseless'.

"The allegations made by Chautala against Rahul Gandhi are totally baseless," Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi told media.

"Chautala should think about himself and his sons first rather than making allegations against others," he said.

He said there is no anomaly in the purchase.

"He (Rahul) purchased a plot of 6 acre land. He paid the stamp duty. What is wrong in it?" asked Alvi.

Congress spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi said ´dirty allegations´ are not good for democracy.

"Today, the manner in which allegations are being used in politics is not good for democracy," Dwivedi said while addressing a press conference on Thursday.

"It should remembered that the weapons used by them for attacking others could be used against them also," he said.

Chautala on Wednesday evening said Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda´s government in Haryana gave land at low price to not only Robert Vadra but also to brother-in-law Rahul Gandhi.

He claimed that Rahul bought 6.5 acres of land in Palwal during 2008-2009, by paying only Rs 1.5 lakh per acre while its market value was Rs 35 lakh per acre.

Chautala also showed some documents to establish his claims.

He demanded a judicial probe into it saying Gandhi evaded stamp duty in the purchase by undervaluing the price.

The Gandhi family is battling a slew of charges slapped on its son-in-law Robert Vadra after social activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal called press conferences to "expose" a nexus between Vadra, realty firm DLF and the Haryana government in several land deals.

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