The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Odisha has been buying land in various parts of the state for last few months.
Recently the BJP was under attack from the opposition when it was revealed that the party had bought large parcels of land in Bihar ahead of demonetisation move on November 8.
BJP officials in Odisha have said that the party had already bought land in 18 districts and negotiations were on for a few more places, reported The Telegraph. The state has 30 districts and the party has 36 organisational districts.
BJP state president Basant Panda has said that the party has plans to purchase land and construct buildings in all the organisational district headquarters of the state and it has nothing to do with demonetisation.
In August, the BJP had bought nearly two acres of prime land in Kendrapara district with utmost secrecy, even local leaders of the party were kept in the dark. Reportedly the sale deed amounted Rs 45 lakh with the government receiving stamp duty worth Rs 3.60 lakh. But, those in the real estate business are of the view that the market price of the plots purchased by the BJP would be much more.
Similarly, land plots were bought at Kheresa village against a payment of Rs 8.25 lakh and Rs 66,000 stamp paper duty. The prevailing market price of the land – at the time when it was purchased – was much higher, claim real estate agents.
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA and former minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak has said that these land deals need to be probed.
In Ganjam district the party bought land worth Rs 20 lakh, including the registration charges. Land hunt for the party is also going on in Gajapati district, Jajpur district, Balasore district and Sambalpur district.
In Bihar, it was alleged that, BJP registered parcels of land in 25 districts between August 20 and November 4, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.