Panaji, Nov 16 : The Congress on Saturday alleged that Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant was indulging in land deals while he should be working for the people and demanded his resignation from the post.
Addressing a press conference at party state headquarters in the city, Congress National Spokesperson Pawan Khera said questioned purchase of large tracts of land by the Chief Minister in Maharashtra's Sindhudurg district and claimed that the land deals were signed when the Chief Minister was campaigning in the recently concluded assembly elections in Maharashtra.
"What is it about Dodamarg sub district in Maharashtra that the Chief Minister of Goa, who belongs to the BJP, goes to campaign against the joint candidate of BJP and Shiv Sena in the Sawantwadi Assembly segment? A group created by Sawant talks about merger of the sub district with Goa. We demand to know if this talk of merger is inspired by the investments made by Sawant in the sub district," Mr Khera said.
''On 24th October when the results of Maharashtra and Haryana Assemblies were being announced, our Chief Minister was busy getting two more sale deeds in Dodamarg Taluka. Of these, one land measuring 4.39 acres cost him Rs 14,00,000 and another measuring 0.79 acres cost him Rs 36,00,000....What kind of a transaction is this where he allegedly buys 2966 acres of land in 2016 for a meagre Ra 38,00,000 but in the same area, he spends Rs 14,00,000 for 4.39 acres in 2019? How much land does he own in Dodamarg Taluka? Is there a Crusher on the land? Did he declare the presence of this crusher on the land in his affidavit? Was the crusher supplying metal stones to the contractors of GSIDC (Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation), of which he was the chairman? If there was a crusher on this land why did he mention this as agriculture land? We demand the resignation of the Chief Minister for indulging in land deals, where he should be working for the people of Goa,'' he said.
Earlier, other opposition parties too had questioned Dr Sawant's land deals in Dodamarg sub district. However, the Chief Minister had been maintaining that all his land deals were above board and that he had nothing to hide. (UNI)