Ruckus in Maharashtra assembly over auditor's report
belligerent opposition Monday mounted pressure on the government
to table in the assembly the official auditor's report on
controversial land allotments in Maharashtra. The opposition
created ruckus in the assembly, accusing
Alleging that some of the ministers belonging to the Cong-NCP
ruling alliance have illegally occupied the lands belonging to the
Muslim Wakf, Eknath Khadse, the BJP legislator and opposition
leader in the Maharashtra Assembly, on Monday demanded special law
for protection of Wakf properties.
"Some of the ministers belonging to
the ruling Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have
illegal taken the possession of the Wakf proerties and have
constructed institution on the occupied land. Time has now come to
formulate a special law to protect such lands", he said in the
state assembly yesterday.
Suggesting that a law in line with
the one formulated for protection of tribal lands is immediately
needed, Khadse alleged that the government had failed in
protecting the Wakf properties. It in fact gave a Wakf land worth
300 crore rupees to Mukesh Ambani on a throw-away price of just 21
"A law in line with the one
formulated to protect tribal lands is immediately needed for
protecting the Wakf lands in Maharashtra", he demanded.
Replying the allegations, Minister
of Awkaf and Minority Development Arif Naseem Khan said that
strict action would be taken against those who were involved in
misusing the Wakf lands.
"We are waiting for the findings of
the Qadri Committee. Justice (Rtd.) AT Shaikh who is leading the
probe has submitted an interim report. Once the probe is complete,
action will be taken against those found guilty of misusing the
Wakf lands", he said.
The minister, though said that as
many as 450 acres of Wakf land had been cleaned of illegal
encroachment, he was totally silent on the Wakf land given to
Mukesh Ambani on throw-away price, as alleged by the BJP leader,