The Goa unit of the Congress party Friday filed a complaint with the state vigilance department, demanding a probe into allotment of plots to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s son and about 40 others.
“The land, on which the plots are, does not have the forest department’s permission to be converted for non-agricultural purposes. The town and country planning department has also not given its approval to it. So, we have asked the vigilance department to probe how the plots were allotted to his (Parrikar’s) son and others,” Congress spokesperson Sudip Tamhankar told reporters after filing the complaint.
Chief minister Parrikar’s son Abhijat and about 40 others have been allotted plots on a parcel of land at the Tuem industrial estate, some 25 km from here.
While the Goa chief minister declined to comment on the allegations, the Goa Small Industries Association (GSIA), whose members were on the screening committee constituted for plot allotment, have given a clean chit to Abhijat.
Earlier on Wednesday, Tamhankar likened Manohar Parrikar to former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who was booked for illegal conversion of land outside Bangalore and handing it over to his kin. Like Parrikar, Yeddyurappa too belonged to the Bharatiya Janata Party, but later floated his own regional party.