Dasburma’s family owns 12 companies: BJP

Bhubaneswar: Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare minister Sanjay Dasburma’s troubles are mounting with each passing day over his alleged nexus with scam-tainted Artha Tatwa (AT) chit fund firm. A day after his arch rival Lalatendu Bidyadhar (Lulu) Mohapatra brought allegations that the minister had received Rs 30 lakh from another money circulation company, the BJP on Saturday said as many as12 companies are owned by the minister and his family members.

Accusing the minister of using his political clout to amass property worth crores within a couple of years, the saffron party said the Brahmagiri legislator has purchased several plots of land in Bolangir and Sonepur from his ill-gotten income.

“How did a man, who took a Rs 13,000 loan to buy a bike through finance in 2003, become acrorepati within a couple of years? Is this not surprising?” questioned BJP’s state vice-president Sameer Mohanty at a press meet here.

“Besides his own properties, his family members own as many as 12 companies spread across the State. The minister has received these favours from companies and individuals exploiting his political capacity,” Mohanty stated.

He further said, “He (Dasburma) did not furnish details of these properties in his affidavit filed before the Election Commission in the 2014 elections. He should speak up about these assets.”

Meanwhile, in a face-saving exercise, the BJD maintained that the CBI is investigating the case and the matter should not be politicised.

“We must wait and watch for the probe being conducted by the central investigating agency to be completed. Everything will be clear,” BJD spokesperson Amar Satapathy said.

At a time when BJP leaders, including party state president KV Singhdeo and MP Jual Oram, have been levelling allegations that the CBI had slowed down its investigation in the chit fund scam case, the latter gave a fresh twist to his previous comments today.

In contrast to his earlier remarks, the Union minister quipped, “The CBI is doing its job. Politicians should do theirs.”