Lucknow: The UttarParsesh government has ordered an investigation into the reports that have alleged many BJP leaders of "usurping" the land near the upcoming Ram Temple in Ayodhya .
"Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered the revenue department to probe the matter thoroughly," Additional Chief Secretary, Information, Navneet Sehgal told PTI.
Earlier Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed the party's charge by posting a tweet on twitter "Hindutva robs under the guise of religion". Over a few times Gandhi had used Hindutva term as a attack to the BJP.
"Hindu follows the path of truth. Hindutva robs under the guise of religion," he said in a tweet in Hindi, tagging the news report that claimed MLAs, mayors, relatives of the commissioner, SDM and DIG bought land in Ayodhya after the Supreme Court announced the verdict in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, clearing the way for construction of the Ram temple.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge also sought to raise the issue but as he stood to speak, the House was adjourned sine die.
Congress general secretary and chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala termed it a "land scam", saying there is an "open loot of land inside Ayodhya city by people connected to the BJP".
"Respected Modiji, when will you open your mouth on this open loot? The Congress party, the people of the country and Ram Bhakts are asking these questions. Is this not treason? Is it anything less than treason? The BJP is now running the business of 'Andher Nagri, Chaupat Raja' in Ayodhya," he told reporters.
These land deals were done after the Supreme Court delivered its verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case in 2019, the report added.
The report suggests that Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay and Gosaiganj MLA Indra Pratap Tiwari, along with relatives of another legislator, a Divisional Commissioner, a Deputy Inspector General of Police, and a State Information Commissioner, among others, bought land within a five-kilometre radius of the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya after the SC verdict.