I struggled 20 years, says Hema Malini

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Tuesday, Feb 02, 2016

I struggled 20 years, says Hema Malini

Bollywood actor Hema Malini's plans to start a dance academy on a plot of land in Mumbai's Andheri area hit a roadblock last week, as an RTI activist accused her of land grabbing.

According to the reports, the 2,000 square meter plot situated in Oshiwara in the Andheri region of Mumbai was given to the BJP MP for a mere sum of Rs 70,000.

As per the market value, the plot would have cost her at least Rs 40 crores, had she not been granted the favour for belonging to the ruling party.

Amid the controversy over allotment of land to her for a dance institute at a throw-away price, actress-politician Hema Malini on Monday said she has "not grabbed" the land and will abide by the government's rules regarding its purchase.She said, "I have not paid anything as of now.

I will follow all the rules and regulations of the government.

Why speculate the price when I don't know myself how much I have to pay... whatever will be the cost I will pay it," to the reporters. Malini also asked not to make it a political issue. "Thank you all for making it an issue nationally and internationally.

Don't make it a political matter. It is my right to make this dance institute in Mumbai as I have been living here. I don't know why an issue is made out of it," she said.

The veteran actress also said that she has struggled for 20 years to get the land. "It is not that I have got the land just like that...easily...it has been a struggle of 20 years. I have not grabbed the land as it's been said. The government has given it to me...not that I have gone and grabbed it," she said.

 

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