Punjab Chief Minister Singh has categorically rejected any violation of the rules or conflict of interest in his Mohali land deal, accusing the opposition of unnecessarily creating a controversy to promote their vested political interests. Is the Chief Minister not allowed to purchase land, asked Captain Amarinder, hitting out at those who were trying to be-fool the people with baseless allegations of conflict of interest. In fact, he had paid higher than the DC rate to purchase the land in question since the owner was not willing to sell the said plot, located in Siswan in Mohali, said the Chief Minister. Against the DC rate of Rs 30 lakh, he had actually paid double the amount – at about Rs 60 lakh per acre, Captain Amarinder told some media-persons in an informal chat.
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