Patna: Days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation, BJP reportedly bought land worth crores in different districts of Bihar.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United has alleged that a series of land purchases made by the BJP in the state for party offices before the Centre’s crack down on black money. JD-U also said that the ruling party had been tipped off about the demonetisation move and so it rushed through most of the 23 land deals between August and September this year. The plots were purchased in the name of BJP legislators Dilip Kumar Jaiswal, Sanjeev Chaurasia and Lal Babu Prasad.
JD-U and RJD on Friday, demanded a Judicial probe into the purchase of land by BJP and also called for an inquiry by a Joint Parliamentary Committee to ascertain if black money was used for purchasing land in Bihar.
While the BJP has rejected the allegations saying all its purchases are above-board and were paid for by cheque, which precludes the use of black money.
Earlier, over demonetisation Rahul Gandhi had alleged that even Finance Minister Arun Jaitley didn’t know about the notes ban.
According to reports, the BJP purchased land in more than two dozen districts, including Saharsa, Patna, Madhubani, Katihar, Madhepura, Lakhisarai, Kishanganj and Arwal.
The size of the plots acquired ranged from 250 sq feet to about half an acre. Their values range between Rs 8 lakh to Rs 1.16 crore. The costliest land was bought at Rs 1,100 per sq feet.