He sat over the Bill during BJP rule only to prevent it from getting any credit, says former Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka.

The timing of the consent given by Governor H.R. Bhardwaj to the Karnataka Land Revenue (Amendment) Bill 2012 that seeks to regularise unauthorised constructions on government land in rural areas has triggered a political controversy. The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday accused him of indulging in politics and not clearing the Bill when it was in power.


“His main intention was to prevent the BJP from getting the credit for helping the poor by regularising their unauthorised constructions,” said K.S. Eshwarappa, former Deputy Chief Minister.

“It is the BJP government that brought this Bill and both the Houses of the State legislature passed it about a year ago when the party was in power.

But the Governor returned the Bill on the grounds that it would encourage land grabbers.

Later, the Bill was passed again in the Belgaum session of the State legislature.

But the Governor sat over it and has given the clearance now when the Congress has come to power. This clearly shows that politics has played a major role here and the poor people have been cheated,”he said.

Concern over other Bill

At the same time, he expressed concern over a similar Bill, seeking to regularise unauthorised constructions in urban areas, still not getting the Governor’s clearance.

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