Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bolangir, Aug 19:
Biju Janata Dal leader Prakriti Devi Singh Deo today brought land grab allegations against Patnagarh MLA and Leader of the BJP legislature party in Odisha Assembly KV Singh Deo and demanded a Crime Branch inquiry into it.
Political rivalry inside the erstwhile Patnagarh royal family was out in the open as hundreds of BJD supporters led by Prakriti Devi (contested against KV in 2014 Assembly polls from Patnagarh) and her husband Sri Vardhan Singh Deo (KV’s younger brother) gheraoed the office of the sub-collector and submitted a memorandum addressed to Governor seeking a Crime Branch probe into the alleged land deals.
“Today we took out a rally against the Patnagarh MLA. He is involved in land grab. He has purchased land from poor people through a NGO. It has been seven years, however, the stated objectives behind the land purchase are yet to be fulfilled,” said Prakriti Devi speaking to reporters after the rally.
“They have demanded a crime branch probe over certain land deals. These are all private land in questions. However, we will send the memorandum to the Governor through the collector today,” said Bolangir sub-collector Sharat Chandra Panda.
It may be mentioned here that the Bolangir unit of Aam Aadmi Party had also brought the same allegations few weeks back. The supporters of the party had gheraoed the vigilance office in Bolangir and demanded a probe into the allegations.
“They got the land registered without paying a dime for registration fee. He had assured of jobs and institutions which never came up,” Bolangir district convenor of AAP Ajay Dash had alleged.
KV, on the other hand, refuted the charge.
“It is their party in power. The Chief Minister is the Home Minister himself. Let them get an investigation done. The people of Odisha will get to know the truth. Besides, the members of AAP who are making these allegations were with us (at the time of the deal). There are no secrets here,” said KV.
According to BJD, the Patnagarh MLA had allegedly procured four acres of land in Karlamal village under Khaprakhol block of Bolangir for a health centre, 50 acres in Ghasien village of Patanagarh block for an agro research center and another seven acres in Kursud village of Titilagarh block for setting up a college and provide employment. However, none of these institutes came up in any of these lands.