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UP govt orders probe over Ayodhya land scam allegations on BJP leaders

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Ayodhya: The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered an inquiry into reports of relatives of BJP leaders and government officials allegedly “usurping” land near the upcoming Ram Mandir in Ayodhya following the November 9, 2019, Supreme Court verdict clearing construction of the temple.

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“Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered the revenue department to probe the matter thoroughly,” Additional Chief Secretary, Information, Navneet Sehgal told media.

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Special Secretary Revenue, Radhey Shyam Mishra is expected to investigate the matter and the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has ordered to submit the report to the government with relevant documents in the next 5-7 days.

Earlier in the day, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi led the party’s charge by putting out a tweet that “Hindutva robs under the guise of religion”. Over the past few days, he has invoked the term ‘Hindutva’ to attack the BJP.

“Hindu follows the path of truth. Hindutva robs under the guise of religion,” he said in a tweet in Hindi, tagging the news report that claimed MLAs, mayors, relatives of the commissioner, SDM and DIG bought land in Ayodhya after the Supreme Court announced the verdict in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, clearing the way for construction of the Ram temple.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge also sought to raise the issue but as he stood to speak, the House was adjourned sine die.

Congress general secretary and chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala termed it a “land scam”, saying there is an “open loot of land inside Ayodhya city by people connected to the BJP”.

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“Respected Modiji, when will you open your mouth on this open loot? The Congress party, the people of the country and Ram Bhakts are asking these questions. Is this not treason? Is it anything less than treason? The BJP is now running the business of ‘Andher Nagri, Chaupat Raja’ in Ayodhya,” he told reporters.

As per a report, after the verdict of apex court, some officials, MLAs, ministers, and relatives of the government officials had purchased land in Ayodhya within a 5-km radius of the Ram Mandir site. The report further alleged that at least 15 buyers of land around the Ram Mandir site included MLAs, bureaucrats who have or are serving in Ayodhya, and local revenue officials, or their close relatives.

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