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01 September, 2002

Heritage land issue: BJP challenges Cong for a debate

Chandigarh Tribune
Chandigarh, August 31: The local unit of the BJP led by former MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain and its president Mr Yashpal Mahajan, today asked the Congress for a public debate on the issue rather than level personal allegations.
The BJP today asked the Congress chief, Ms Sonia Gandhi, to seek resignations from her Political Secretary Ms Ambika Soni and Congress National Secretary and local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, for getting a piece of land for running a school by "influencing" officers. When asked who were these officers, Mr Jain said, they would reveal the name within one week and send a detailed complaint to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The last date for receiving applications was extended and various other benefits were given to the Heritage society, he alleged.
"Ms Sonia Gandhi must apply the yardstick of political propriety to her own party in this case before seeking resignations of BJP ministers on petrol pump and land allotment issue," the BJP national executive committee member and in charge, Uttaranchal, Mr Satyapal Jain, said at a press conference this afternoon.
Mr Jain sought to involve Ms Sonia Gandhi in the affair asking her whether it was proper for a senior Congress leader like Ms Soni to draw benefits from two places — at Delhi as a Rajya Sabha member and at Chandigarh as an allottee of land claiming to be social worker in the later case. ...
... Mr Jain asked the Congress leaders why there were only family members in an education society and none of the educationists in the city, even those owing allegiance to the Congress, was thought to be able to be included in the society. He asked the Congressmen to refrain from making personal attacks.