Nearly a month after the BJP government in Karnataka recuperated from a destabilisation move, Opposition parties in the southern state upped their ante on Wednesday by releasing documents suggesting that chief minister BS Yeddyurappa gave government land to his children by misusing his office.
State Janata Dal-Secular president HD Kumaraswamy demanded his resignation and exhibited documents alleging that the land scams during Yeddyurappa’s tenure were estimated to be valued between Rs 5,000 crore and Rs 6,000 crore.
Yeddyurappa had “favoured” his sons and daughter in allotting prime land — through a discretionary quota and by de-notifying land acquired for public projects, he said at a press conference her on Wednesday.
“I will raise the issue in Parliament,” Kumaraswamy said, questioning the BJP stand in aggressively opposing the telecom and Adarsh society scams when “such land scams took place in its own turf”.
Kumaraswamy was accused by the BJP of engineering a coup against Yeddyurappa by getting 11 BJP and 5 independent MLAs to withdraw support to his government last month.
He charged that the CM’s son BY Raghavendra had “secured a Bangalore Development Authority site by filing a false affidavit and his daughter, Uma Devi, was allotted land for her firm at subsidised rates.”
Yeddyurappa was also accused of allotting land to an auto ancillary unit in which his two sons Raghvendra and BY Vijayendra are directors of Jigani industrial estate on the outskirts of Bangalore outskirts in 2007, when he was deputy chief minister.
The chief minister admitted that the land was allotted to Raghavendra, Uma Devi and a firm Fluid Power Technologies Company. But he claimed that the allotments were made in accordance with the law.
Yeddyurappa said Raghavendra, who is a Lok Sabha MP from Shimoga, got the BDA land by virtue of being a lawmaker — and there are precedents of previous governments having done the same.
As for his daughter, he said, “If I wanted to favour her, would I be allotting land which is 55 km away from Bangalore?”