MLA ob­jects to Raje photo on land deeds

The Indian Express - - GOVT &P - EX­PRESS NEWS SER­VICE

A BJP MLA has ques­tioned the state gov­ern­ment’s move to put Ra­jasthan Chief Min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje’s photo on land deeds be­ing dis­trib­uted to peo­ple as part of a cam­paign.

The­land­deed­sare­be­ing­given as part of the Mukhya­mantri Jan Kalyan­shivir,be­inghel­dat­camps across the state.

“This is some­body’s own land. The gov­ern­ment is not giv­ing bak­sheesh to any­one,” said MLA Ghan­shyam Ti­wari. “This is not only a cheap pub­lic­ity stunt but a vi­o­la­tion of Supreme Court or­ders dated May 13, 2015, and March 18, 2016. Fur­ther, it could lead to dis­putes since the deeds don’t have the photo of the ben­e­fi­ciary.”

Ti­wari, who was re­cently served a dis­ci­plinary no­tice by the BJP, has floated his own out­fit ‘Deen Dayal Vahini’ while still be­ing a BJP mem­ber.

Other BJP lead­ers, how­ever, de­fended the move. Jaipur MP Ram­cha­ran Bohra, who dis­trib­uted the deeds at one such camp in the city, termed the con­tro­versy un­nec­es­sary. “There is no harm in hav­ing Raje’s photo on the deeds as she is the CM of the en­tire state and not just one party,” he told me­di­a­per­sons.

The Congress has also crit­i­cised the move. “It is eth­i­cally as well as le­gally wrong. The patta (land deed) is a le­gal doc­u­ment and it is im­proper to use it to pub­li­cise one po­lit­i­cal party or leader,” said state Congress pres­i­dent Sachin Pilot.

“The BJP sim­i­larly uses the CM’S photo on the flag­ship Bhamashah card scheme. If some­one chal­lenges the land deed in courts, the deeds could be can­celled,” he said.

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