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ENGROSSED: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy reading one of B.R. Ambedkar's books at Kannda Bhavan on Thursday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
ENGROSSED: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy reading one of B.R. Ambedkar's books at Kannda Bhavan on Thursday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

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To consult BJP and JD(S) MLAs before taking a decision on quitting

He will request Chief Justice to appoint a High Court judge to look into the allegation and come out with a report Accuses Congress of unleashing `politics of vengeance'

BANGALORE: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has decided to request Cyriac Joseph, Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, to order an inquiry into the allegations made by N. Dharam Singh, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, that he had lied in the affidavit filed before the Chief Electoral Officer during the Assembly elections on the extent of land owned by him.

He was inaugurating the "Suvarna Karnataka" office in the Department of Kannada and Culture, and releasing the Kannada translation of B.R. Ambedkar's books here on Thursday.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said that he would request the Chief Justice in a day or two to appoint a High Court judge to look into the allegation. He said he would request Mr. Justice Cyriac Joseph to come out with a report.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said he had records to prove the allegations wrong, but he would not file a defamation suit. He responded to suggestions by Kannada writers and activists on how to develop the language and the State, and protect the interests of the people. On the plea made by film director T.N. Sitaram urging him not to hastily resign following the developments on the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project, the Chief Minister said the inquiry would throw light on the allegation that he had owned land in the project area.

He said that his opponents had alleged that he was trying to scuttle the project to save his land.

Mr. Kumaraswamy assured Mr. Sitaram that he was not going to oblige the Congress, and that was why he had said that he would take a decision on quitting in the next 15 days, depending on the situation.

He said he would consult MLAs of Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal (S) before taking a decision. He said he might resign, if he felt that he was unable to protect the interests of the people.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said there had been irregularities in the BMIC project for the past eleven years. He reiterated his intention to order acquisition of his land if it was in the project area. Recalling the days of the East India Company, the Chief Minister made a scathing attack on the companies which were allegedly trying to influence the State Government in the name of huge projects.

Mr. Kumaraswamy dared to take the challenge of "politics of vengeance" unleashed by the Congress.

"I was not interested in politics of vengeance as I am fully aware of the fate of hundreds of reports by commissions of inquiry in the country.

I am also aware that not even one politician has been punished for irregularities. Hence, I did not want to waste the Government's time and money, and instead was serious on development works," he said, after laying foundation stone for the Art Complex at Karnataka Kala Grama on Jnana Bharathi campus here.

The Chief Minister said the monsoon session of the legislature would begin on June 19 as scheduled.

Differences between the coalition partners over the BMIC project had nothing to do with the stability of the Government, he added.

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