Gwalior: For the first time, publicly replying to the land mafia allegations, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia here on Friday claimed that whatever he has inherited is part of 300-years-old family asset.
Scindia was replying to Congress party allegations of calling him land mafia repeatedly. The Gwalior family scion is presently in Gwalior-Chambal region campaigning for the BJP candidates.
“Everyone is aware that my assets are 300-years-old. But I wish to ask from those ‘new Maharajas’ where they accumulated their assets,” hit-back Scindia without naming anyone while speaking to the media on Friday in Gwalior. “I was born in a particular family (Scindia royal family) and if this is my mistake, I happily accept this,” said Scindia.
Soon after Scindia had left Congress party early this year, the Congress leaders levelled all sorts of allegations against him and leaders like Govind Singh openly called him land mafia, accusing him of usurping government land in connivance with the administration.
Singh had raised this issue when Revenue portfolio was assigned to Scindia’s man –Govind Singh Rajput in Shivraj cabinet and the senior Congress leader had pointed out that Rajput also had this ministry in Kamal Nath government and Scindia due to involvement in land deals prefers this department.
The Economic Offence Wing of MP police early this year had booked Scindia and members of two charitable trusts run by his family in connection to an old complaint of land grab in Gwalior.
However, land grab charges are nothing new against Scindia as when he was with Congress party several BJP leaders including Prabhat Jha persistently called him land mafia. However, Scindia always kept mum on these allegations and has spoken on the matter for the first time on Friday.