Kozhikode: Socialist Janata (D) leader M V Shreyamskumar, MLA, today said he and his family were being haunted by his political adversaries on the allegation that 14.44 acre of ancestral land held by him in Krishnagri village in Wayanad district in Kerala, was illegal.
Talking to newspersons here he said, ''I am prepared to donate the land for charity if CPI (M) State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan proves his claim that the land was encroched by me.'' He said, ''I was not even born'' when the land was allocated by the erstwhile Madras government to his grandfather Padma Prabha in 1943 under ''grow more campaign.'' The land in question was bequeathed to his father M P Veerendra Kumar and subsequently to him in 1972 during the partition of ancestral property when he was only five years.
The government had allocated about 1575 acres of land to different persons in 15 villages in the district for farming. But he was being victimized for political reasons despite a court order against his eviction from the land.
Vijayan and his party had never raised such an issue when his party Janata Dal (Secular), the previous avatar of the SJD, was part of the Left Democratic Front.
He said he got a relief on September 1 from the Supreme Court which directed the Kerala High Court to hear expeditiously the appeal filed by him.
''The Constitution of the country ensured every citizen his her legitimate right to protect their property. I do not forefeit such a right for the sole reason that I am an elected member of the Assembly.'' he add