Staff Correspondent

Former Prime Minister refuses to divulge Government's approach

MYSORE: The former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (S) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda has said that the coalition Government in the State will take a decision on reclaiming the excess land allotted for the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project without dishonouring the Supreme Court verdict in the matter.

Speaking to presspersons here on Sunday, Mr. Deve Gowda, however, refused to elaborate on the approach of the State Government. "It is left to the coalition Government to take an appropriate decision in the matter," he said.

When his attention was drawn to the caution sounded by the former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on the Government's reported move to take over the project by bringing in legislation, Mr. Deve Gowda sarcastically remarked that Mr. Siddaramaiah was a "law graduate and he knows everything."

Mr. Deve Gowda was initially reluctant to comment on the controversial BMIC project. "I have already spoken about the issue in New Delhi. Whatever I had to say, I have already said. There is nothing more to add now. I can't go on repeating the same thing again and again," the former Prime Minister said.

He claimed that he knew the project very well as it was during his tenure as Chief Minister in 1995 that an agreement was signed.

To a question on the elections to the Council from the South Teachers' constituency, Mr. Deve Gowda said the former Deputy Director of Public Instruction P. Sharadamma, who was the JD (S) candidate in the elections, was a suitable choice in view of her vast experience in the field of education.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Deve Gowda released a book "Mannina Hanathe" as a tribute to K.B. Shivarudrappa's service to the welfare of the Vokkaliga community, at a function organised at Maharaja's College Centenary Hall.

Pontiff of Adichunchanagiri Math Balagangadharnatha Swamiji and the former MLA P.M. Chikkaboraiah were present.

Mr. Deve Gowda inaugurated the Placement Cell and Library at Vidyavardhaka Engineering College here.