PATNA: Bihar’s ruling JD(U) on Sunday continued to attack BJP over the purchase of several parcels of land in the state by the saffron party’s leaders, accusing them of paying by cash for the land and even providing more than one PAN number for some leaders in whose name the land parcels were purchased.
BJP leaders, however, rubbished the charges and insisted that the purchase of land parcels in 25 districts of the state was done “entirely in accordance to the law”.
“While BJP claims to have paid for the land parcels through RTGS, a look at documents such as sale deeds reveals that cash payments were made for at least seven land parcels in the districts of Araria, Arwal, Bagaha, Kaimur, Shekhpura and Sitamarhi,” said JD(U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar.
Stating that these purchases were made in September and October, he wanted BJP to reveal where it found such large sums of cash. He also said in several other districts, it is not clear whether the payments were made by cash or cheque or through RTGS.
“All documents bear the name of BJP national president Amit Shah as the buyer, but in at least one case, the buyers name is mentioned as state BJP leader Lalbabu Prasad. Photos and fingerprints of Prasad are also placed on this sale deed,” said Neeraj, demanding explanation from BJP.
Sanjay Singh, another JD(U) spokesperson, accused BJP leaders of providing more than one PAN number of the buyers in the land purchase documents. “In four sale deeds, the personal PAN of (state BJP leader) Dilip Jaiswal has been mentioned and BJP’s PAN is mentioned on one sale deed. BJP must reveal why personal PAN numbers of its leaders were mentioned in these documents if the land was purchased for the party’s offices,” he said.
“Whereas BJP national president Amit Shah authorised the party’s Bihar unit on February 16 to buy land in the state, only 11 of the 31 sale deeds have this authorisation letter attached. BJP must disclose the reason and also tell the people from which account in which bank the money came for purchase of all these land parcels in Bihar,” said Neeraj Kumar.