1. Double standards by Maharashtra govt in plot allotment to Hema Malini: Ashok Chavan

Double standards by Maharashtra govt in plot allotment to Hema Malini: Ashok Chavan

Allotment of a prime piece of land to actress and BJP MP Hema Malini allegedly at a "throwaway price" by Maharashtra government today kicked up a storm with state Congress President Ashok Chavan accusing the BJP dispensation of violating rules and following "double standards".

By: | Mumbai | Published: January 29, 2016 6:51 PM
BJP, Amit Shah, Hema Malini

Reportedly, in 1997, the Shiv Sena-BJP government had given Hema Malini a plot of land in Versova village of Andheri taluka, but she could not develop it due to CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone) issues. (PTI Photo)

Allotment of a prime piece of land to actress and BJP MP Hema Malini allegedly at a “throwaway price” by Maharashtra government today kicked up a storm with state Congress President Ashok Chavan accusing the BJP dispensation of violating rules and following “double standards”.

“The government is indulging in double standards in allocation of the plot. This government had earlier said they will formulate a fresh policy on granting government land which directly affects the state exchequer but in the case of the BJP MP, no such procedure was followed,” Chavan told reporters here.

The state government has allotted land measuring 2,000 square metres to Hema’s Natyvihar Kala Kendra.

According to the documents obtained under an RTI query, the actress has been allotted the land located in suburban Oshiwara, at the rate of Rs 35 per square metre (total cost Rs 70,000) by the Mumbai Suburban District Collectorate.

The plot in question, is said to be originally reserved for a garden and was given to the BJP MP from Mathura for a pittance even as she remains in possession of an earlier plot in the financial capital.

Reportedly, in 1997, the Shiv Sena-BJP government had given Malini a plot of land in Versova village of Andheri taluka, but she could not develop it due to CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone) issues.

The allotment came under scanner after the government failed to charge the actress-politician (for the current land) as per the ready reckoner rate.

The ready reckoner rate is an annual statement of property rates based on which the government collects stamp duty from buyers. It is the basis for calculation of market value of flats for stamp duty and registration charges.

On agrarian distress, the MPCC President said, “we have demanded loan waiver for farmers to the state government but it is insensitive on the issue.”

In the first 22 days of 2016, 70 farmers have committed suicide, he claimed.
Stating that MNREGA was started by UPA regime in 2006, he said, MPCC would hold a workshop at Aurangabad on February 2 to commemorate the occasion.

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    Narendra M
    Jan 30, 2016 at 2:59 am
    (1) Politicians, irrespective of party to which they belong, and those who are net-worked with politicians, obviously know how to get government land allotted at a very low price. Hence, this allotment of prime land to actor and BJP MP Ms Hema Malini is not at all unusual. (2) We know how politicians’ sponsored educational or cultural other insutions have been allotted government land during past three or four decades. All these politicians have formed Trusts, Foundations etc., and through such Trusts, Foundations, they have established schools, colleges, (including medical, engineering and management colleges), and they have become what are called ‘education lords’ with government support. These schools and colleges have become instruments of making money and huge money at that. Today, education is a big business, and politicians acquire political power with money from different sources ( one of which is these educational insutions) and life goes on like this. This is the reality today.
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