Jaipur: Jaipur Development Authority has taken unexpected action against the royal family of Jaipur. They had sealed the main entrance of Raj Mahal Palace HoteL which is situated at the posh C-scheme location bordering Civil Lines on Wednesday.
Jaipur royal family suffered huge shock with Vasundhara Raje’s action as Raj Family was considered very close to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
The action seems to be aimed at demolishing power of the royal family by seeking to have the JDA take possession of the land whose market value could well run into hundreds of crores if not thousands.
Palace owner Diya Kumari is the princess of Jaipur and a BJP MLA from Swai Madhopur. On the Raje’s request, Diya Kumari was given the ticket for assembly. When they came to know about the incident, Diya Kumari nd her mother Padmini Devi rushed to the palace. They even met with JDA commissioner Shikhar Aggarwal who was undergoing the operation and got the sign boards of JDA property on a huge chunk of land around the palace within its boundary wall.
When the JDA authorities sealed the Palace, hundreds of policemen, officials and demolition men reached to the ground and destroyed one old structure. The office of Jai Singh, estranged younger brother of Bhawani Singh and an uncle of Diya Kumari, too was sealed.
In December 2013, When Vasundhara Raje came to power JDA had demolished marriage palaces being run on the premises of prestigious Ram Bagh Palace that is again run by the Jaipur royal family but with larger holding of brothers Jai Singh and Prithvi Singh.
On August 22, Jaipur Development Authority had put up a notice at the Raj Mahal to remove encroachments on its land which the royals got to know of on August 23. Regarding this issue, Padmini Devi talked with Vasundhara Raje but the chief minister did not intercede.
Diya Kumari told India Today, "It was unwarranted and not the civilized way. We have never questioned ownership of JDA land but they have committed illegality in sealing our right to a road that is on our land, and demolished houses that again were on ours,"
She added, "But while we were showing JDA officials records that the road was ours, the JDA did not have anything to show us there. I wonder why officials did not sit with us?"
JDA commissioner Shikhar Aggarwal told India Today, "Jai Singh wanted a week's time but I refused. He demanded in writing this denial which I gave. We removed the furniture and gave them four days to take away the records."
He added, "This was a provocative step where our jurisdiction on our land was being surpassed. Whatever action I have taken will earn JDA some money only once we put the land for auction.”
The speculations suggested that Vasundhara Raje took this action as he was unhappy with Diya Kumari over her change in the commitment made to Jaisal Singh.