Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa is in no mood to adopt a low-key approach as advised by the central BJP after his row with governor HR Bhardwaj, who sanctioned his prosecution on corruption charges.
Instead, he has decided to go all out to ensure his rivals, particularly the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Congress, too are besmirched by charges of land scams during their tenures.
Apart from getting a lawyer to seek prosecution of JD(S) and Congress leaders just as they have against him, Yeddyurappa has announced setting up a fund of Rs5 crore to give cash awards to people who come forward with details of benami lands held by his political rivals.
Surprising his party legislators, Yeddyurappa, whose USP is his standing among the Lingayat community, said thousands of acres of 'benami' land in Bangalore are held by politicians and others who are now waiting to sell them once the real estate prices go up.
BJP leaders said Yeddyurappa was taking his political battle to a new level as his efforts by way of setting up a commission of inquiry into all land
allotment were not yielding quick results. They wonder whether the new strategy will help him.
The CM wants advertisements to be put out in newspapers asking people to share information on 'benami' lands. Yeddyurappa linked the cash scheme to the state budget. "According to me, benami lands in Bangalore are valued at Rs1 lakh crore," he said, adding, the government will confiscate such properties.
"My desire is to present my last budget (fifth year of the Government) of the size of R1 lakh crore. If we are able to get another R1 lakh crore (by way of confiscating benami land), we would actually be able to make Bangalore and Karnataka a prosperous land."
Yeddyurappa also did not mince words about who his targets were. He said his government would come out with a booklet detailing the alleged scams during the tenure of SM Krishna (Congress) and HD Kumaraswamy (JD-S). It would be distributed among the MPs when Parliament meets for the budget session.
"The Congress and the JD(S) have cultivated the habit of hit-and-run case. I will bring them before law," he said.