Ex-MP CM Babulal Gaur Corners Own Govt Over Merger Agreement
File photo of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Babulal Gaur. (Getty Images)
Bhopal: Giving a tough time to his own government in Madhya Pradesh (MP), former state CM Babulal Gaur on Monday extended support to a Congress legislator who had accused multi-crore corruption in the land deals, pertaining to Merger Agreement.
Putting Shivraj Singh Chauhan-led government in MP on a sticky wicket, Gaur said: “How come the private land belonging to the people, who shifted to Pakistan, was included in government records in Bhopal?”
Congress MLA Harsh Yadav had on Monday raised the issue of widespread corruption in the mutation of land, belonging to the merger agreement in Bhopal and Sagar. The legislator also demanded to quash the title change.
Notably, the merger agreement was inked by the Nawab of Bhopal and the Government of India post-independence and properties of the Nawab were annexed by the government after this agreement.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra replied to the question, saying the matter had discrepancies as merger agreement could not be implemented properly in 1950. “The matter got delayed as an had NGO approached the Supreme Court,” he said.
Gaur, who had the documents of the said land, jumped in, saying that all such title changes should be declared null and void, and an assembly committee be formed to probe the anomalies.
As minister Mishra said that action would be taken against the guilty, Gaur asked: “How private land of those who went to Pakistan was declared as the government land?”
Gaur further rebutted by asking why the House was misled on the matter. Mishra, though, again assured the house that the matter would be probed.
The aforementioned land belongs to the family of actor Saif Ali Khan. It was declared an Enemy Property by the Ministry of Home Affairs as the heir to the Bhopal princely state had moved to Pakistan after independence.
Interestingly, soon after his sacking from the Shivraj cabinet, Gaur has cornered his own government on several issues.