The Punjab government has dismissed as totally baseless, fabricated and malicious the allegations of Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira against Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in the matter of land purchase in Siswan Village area of Mohali. Lashing out at Khaira for spreading mischievous and deceitful propaganda on the issue, the Chief Minister’s Media Advisor Raveen Thukral on Tuesday disclosed that the land purchased by Captain Amarinder was not in Palanpura, as was being projected, but in Siswan, which had been denotified by the erstwhile SAD-BJP government under the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) way back in 2011. Thukral pointed out that the plot stopped being covered under PLPA since it was denotified on Aug 24, 2011, by then Financial Commissioner and Secretary to Govt. of Punjab, Department of Forests & Wildlife Preservation. Khaira should have done his homework and got his facts right before resorting to wild allegations, said Thukral. Khaira was, as usual, engaging in brazenly unfounded and spiteful personal attacks on the Chief Minister by resorting to blatant falsehoods, said Thukral, adding that the allegations of Conflict of Interest and breach of oath of office and secrecy, made by the AAP leader, smacked of cheap and dirty politicking. All AAP leaders were used to indulging in petty and deceitful street politics in a bid to seize political mileage, and Khaira was simply following his party norm, said Thukral. Except for Khasra numbers 174 and 175 (which amounted to 3 Bighas and 19 Biswas), the remaining land, measuring 24 Bighas and 6 Biswas, had been denotified in 2011. The two Khasras that are still under PLPA can only be used for forestation, Thukral disclosed, in a statement issued here.
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