Barely days after Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann oversaw a much-publicized government drive to illegally grab 2,828 acres of prime land worth Rs 350 crore in Mohali, allegedly towards an institution. A controversy has arisen over the delay in clearing encroachments. by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Mittal, on panchayat land.
The Lully Professional University (LPU) in Phagwara, owned by Mittal, has allegedly encroached on a government plot, even as the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats has allegedly been “slow” in vacating the land. Attitude” was working.
The Congress has cornered the AAP government on the issue.
In a tweet, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Amarinder Singh Rajawarang questioned CM Mann and Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Kuldeep Dhaliwal.
“Please have a look at this. @BhagwantMann sir, is your anti-encroachment campaign only for common people or your political opponents? Hope Minister Dhaliwal applies the same standard here too. Tribune’s “Caesar’s wife must be beyond doubt,” Waring tweeted, referring to a report.
Have a look at it, please. @BhagwantMann Sir, is your anti-encroachment campaign only for common people or for your political opponents?
It is hoped that Minister Dhaliwal will apply the same standard here as well.
“Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion” pic.twitter.com/JYLqYW3GVi
— Amarinder Singh Rajawaring (@RajaBrar_INC) August 1, 2022
Punjab Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khera openly challenged Mann to take back panchayat land in Hardaspura village of Phagwara.
“This will be a litmus test for Mann and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on the sincerity and truthfulness of the Punjab government’s move to liberate panchayat land in villages,” Khaira said.
I dare @BhagwantMann And his minister Kuldeep Dhaliwal will rescue the LPU from the illegal occupation of Hardaspura panchayat land in Phagwara. Let’s see what happens. @ArvindKejriwal Against his Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Mittal who owns Lolly University or will he remain a silent spectator? pic.twitter.com/9SZl1zJyZy
— Sukhpal Singh Kheira (@SukhpalKhaira) August 1, 2022
Khaira submitted a letter from the Deputy Director of Rural Development, Punjab, directing the concerned DDPO to hand over the land as soon as possible.
He termed the government’s drive to end encroachments as a hoax and added that it was only meant to give publicity to the government even as his colleagues flouted the norms.
“Mann and Kejriwal should get the land back from Mittal as soon as possible to show the neutrality of the government regarding panchayat land,” Khera said. The campaign appears to be a mere political “prank and publicity stunt,” Khera said.
Meanwhile, the criticism-ridden Mann government has reportedly asked local authorities to take legal action to vacate the land.
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