Janata Dal(Secular) JD(S) leader H. D. Deve Gowda on Thursday urged Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa to immediately convene a special assembly session to discuss “irregularities” in the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project, which he has been opposing.
“If Mr. Yeddyurappa has any concern for the state, farmers and if he wants to keep up his promise of convening a special session to debate on scams, he should immediately call a special session on the BMIC project,” Mr. Gowda told reporters here.
Gowda, who has been opposing the 111-km express highway project being executed by Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE), sought to distance himself from controversies that has engulfed the project, including the allotment of 20,000 acres of land.
Mr. Gowda who signed the MoU for the project in 1995 when he was the Chief Minister, said, “That time NICE was not in picture. I signed with a consortium of two foreign firms and an Indian company.”
“Let there be a debate on the changes that the project witnessed under successive governments after I left the state to become prime minister,” he said.
The former prime minister also denied that he signed an agreement to provide for leasing the land at the rate of Rs. 10 per acre. The original MoU had a clause for purchasing land at prevailing market rates by project promoters, he said.