Tide turn­ing in Congress’ favour: Sachin Pi­lot

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Front Page - Vinod Ra­jput vinod.ra­jput@htlive.com ▪

NEW DELHI: Ra­jasthan Congress chief Sachin Pi­lot is up­beat over the party’s prospects af­ter its vic­to­ries in by­polls (two LS seats and one as­sem­bly seat) in the state and says the tide is turn­ing in favour of the Congress across In­dia. In an in­ter­view to HT, Pi­lot said the peo­ple of Ra­jasthan have given a be­fit­ting re­ply to di­vi­sive forces and that a rain­bow coali­tion with the Congress as a pivot is fea­si­ble and will cer­tainly de­feat the BJP-led NDA in the next Lok Sabha elec­tions.

GREATER NOIDA The Ya­muna Ex­press­way In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (YEIDA) on Wed­nes­day said it had un­earthed a ‘huge’ scam in­volv­ing of­fi­cials who had pur­chased al­ready ac­quired agri­cul­tural land from farm­ers, caus­ing loss to the state ex­che­quer.

The ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties were re­vealed in the land au­dit or­dered by chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath to find anom­alies in land ac­qui­si­tion and es­tab­lish if the ac­quired land is with the govern­ment or land grab­bers. YEIDA, how­ever, did not share the amount of losses or the land in­volved in the scam.

“We have ad­e­quate ev­i­dence to prove that some of­fi­cials, hand in glove with the farm­ers, paid for the al­ready ac­quired land. Once the re­port will be fi­nalised, we will be able to tell the ex­act amount of land, which was pur­chased twice,” said Amar­nath Upad­hyay, ad­di­tional chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the YEIDA.

YEIDA is ex­pected to com­plete the land au­dit by next month and ta­ble the re­port be­fore UP in­dus­try min­is­ter Satish Ma­hana.

The UP govern­ment had es­tab­lished Ya­muna au­thor­ity in 2002 to en­cour­age in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment.


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