Amitabh Bachchan’s political friends in UP aide him to acquire agricultural land
Amitabh Bachchan has always maintained that he would not like to join politics, nonetheless the actor has many political friends amidst the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government including close family friend Amar Singh. Amitabh and Jaya have even campaigned on behalf of Mulayam Singh Yadav in the recent elections. Amitabh also hails from Uttar Pradesh and that is perhaps one of the reasons for his close bonds with politicians from the state. However rumours now claim that Amitabh’s political friends in Mulayam’s UP led government were responsible for aiding the superstar to maintain his 24 acres of agricultural land at Maval in Lonavala, Maharashtra.
Amitabh had purchased this piece of agricultural land in the 90’s but according to the Agricultural Land Act (1963) of Maharashtra, only farmers are entitled to buy agricultural land. Hence it was evident that Amitabh would soon loose his land as he is not a farmer. This is when Amitabh’s political friends came to his rescue, sources claim that some of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s party members decided to intervene and prove that Amitabh was a farmer as he had agricultural land in UP. However sources claim that documents were forged and officials were arm-twisted to prove Amitabh’s ownership of farm land in Daulatpur village in UP which was under cultivation.
However sources claim that till March 23, 2006 revenue records showed that the so called farm land in Daulatpur was barren land which has not been cultivated in years and in fact the land belonged to the Daulatpur gram sabha. Many UP officials such as a Sub Divisional Magistrate and the Barabanki District Magistrate then were also involved in getting documents signed to prove Amitabh’s ownership of the land in Daulatpur. Also no field survey of the Daulatpur land was conducted and neither was the chief of Daulatpur village consulted regarding the piece of land. In fact there is also evidence to prove that the Sub Divisional Magistrate signed several documents related to the land under duress. If it was proved that Amitabh owned agricultural land which was being cultivated earlier such as the Daulatpur land, he would then be officially termed as a farmer and would be entitled to also keep his agricultural land in Maval, Lonavala. However now according to sources several investigations are being conducted as to whether fraudulent means were used to give Amitabh ownership of the farm land in Daulatpur. An official inquiry is being conducted and various officials are being questioned.
Well, no doubt an official inquiry will be conducted but the process and paper trail to expose any fraudulent means of acquiring farm land for Amitabh Bachchan in Daulatpur may take quite a while to be brought to light. Well no doubt Amitabh’s political friends, the Mulayam Singh Yadav government will have to give quite a few answers and will also receive a lot of flak if the case against them is proved. Irrelevant of what is finally exposed it only goes to prove the deep connections that super stars have with politicians and also the several advantages that superstars often get.