Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa's attempts to project a clean image received another jolt on Saturday with JD(S) accusing him of accepting Rs. 13 crore kickbacks through family-owned firms from a company in exchange for an irrigation contract.
JD(S) chief HD Kumaraswamy, who had earlier charged the chief minister of misusing his office to benefit a family-controlled educational trust, circulated documents to suggest the kickbacks were received by Yeddyurappa's firms from Murudeshwara Power Corporation.
"Davalagiri Property Developers and Sahyadri Health Care and Diagnostics, run by family members of Yeddyurappa, had received Rs. 11 and Rs. 2 crore respectively, in return for awarding the Rs. 1032 crore Upper Bhadra Lift irrigation scheme package-II," he alleged.
The contract was given to RNS Infrastructure Ltd, a group of companies managed by Murudeshwara Power Corporation and Jyoti Ltd, a joint venture partner, in 2008-09, Kumaraswamy charged.
The fresh JD(S) allegations come at a time when Yeddyurappa is making attempts to snub another possible mutiny by BJP MLAs.
They had showed signs of revolt after opposition parties upped the ante demanding a CBI probe into donations received by the Prerana Educational Trust headed by his son and MP B Y Raghvendra.
Kumaraswamy said he was planning to move the Supreme Court seeking directions for the CBI probe against the trust, which was rejected by Yeddyurappa in the state assembly.
He had alleged that the Trust managed by Yeddyurappa's two sons, had received donations of Rs. 27 crore from some firms for favours shown to them.
The unabated onslaught by JD(S) had ruffled feathers of BJP MLAs. Around 50 of them are believed to have held a 'secret' meeting expressing dissent over Yeddyurappa's leadership.
Yeddyurappa's attempt to patch up by calling a breakfast meeting also turned futile, as over 60 out of 106 BJP MLAs in the state, including the Reddy brothers and state party chief KS Eshwarappa, avoided it.
Yeddyurappa had faced mutiny from party MLAs twice during his two-and-half year tenure -- the last revolt forced him to prove majority on the floor of state Assembly twice in October 2010.