Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda on Thursday charged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka with preparing to sanction absolute sale deed to a construction company for the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project.

“If the government completes the process of issuing sale deed for 20,193 acres, it will lead to allowing Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE) the rights to sale and re-sale or transfer of lands,” Mr. Gowda, who has been opposing the project, told in a press conference here.

He demanded that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa immediately convene a special session, as promised by him, to have a debate on ‘scams’ involving the project.

If the government did not pay heed to his demand he would launch an agitation, Mr. Gowda said and cautioned officials against passing illegal orders “under pressure from the government.”

“Even as Mr. Yeddyurappa keeps assuring that he will facilitate discussions on the BMIC project, he has cleared the proposal to issue sale deed, calling into question the honesty of this government”, Mr. Gowda charged.

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