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Updated: September 28, 2010 16:19 IST

JDS demands CM’s resignation over land denotification

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A file picture of JDS leader H.D. Kumaraswamy. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
The Hindu A file picture of JDS leader H.D. Kumaraswamy. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

The JD(S) Karnataka unit today demanded resignation of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa accusing him of indulging in “favouritism and abuse of power” for “ordering” de-notification of lands held by his two sons, which had been acquired by Bangalore Development Authority.

Mr. Yeddyurappa took active role in forcing authorities to bend rules to register 26 guntas (0.65 acre) each in the name of his two sons, former Chief Minister and State unit JDS chief H D Kumaraswamy alleged at a press meet here.

The lands registered cannot be purchased as they had already been acquired by BDA and the Bangalore Urban Deputy Commissioner had passed orders awarding Rs. 17.18 lakh compensation to the original owners, he said.

The land located at Rachenahally in K.R.Puram taluk, which had been notified by BDA was not in possession of owners Gowrramma and Panduranga, from whom Yeddyurappaa’s sons purchased and in fact was held by former Housing Minister S N Krishanaiah Setty through General Power of Attorney (GPA),he charged.

These transactions had taken place on March 16, 2006 when Mr. Yeddyurappa was the Deputy Chief Minister in the JDS-BJP coalition government led by him (Kumaraswamy),and the lands were ordered to be denotified by Mr. Yedyurappa when he became Chief Minister in 2008, the JDS chief said.

Similarly Mr. Setty also became beneficiary by getting 16 guntas (0.40 acres) denotified for the “favours” he showed to Mr. Yeddyurappa’s son in purchasing the lands over which he is GPA holder, Mr. Kumaraswamy alleged.

“This is only a tip of the iceberg. There are more such scandals in this government. We will bring them out. We will inform the Governor about this”, he said.

Demanding Mr. Yedyurappa’s resignation on moral grounds, Mr. Kumaraswamy said “he has no right to continue in power for a minute.”

Mr. Yeddyurappa has de-notified 2300 acres since 2008 after he became Chief minister, he charged.

“Let Mr. Yeddyurappa order Lokayukta probe into this”, he said.





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