Staff Correspondent

Mysore: The former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has challenged the Government to acquire his land in Bidadi if the land in question comes under the proposed Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project. He told presspersons here on Monday that he had bought the land in Bidadi in 2002 from farmers paying them the rates prevailing at that time.

Reacting to the reported statements by some members of the Cabinet that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa need not pay heed to the comments by the leaders of the Opposition parties, he said that the Chief Minister and his colleagues do not understand the significance of the Opposition parties in a democratic set-up.

Mr. Kumaraswamy criticised Mr. Yeddyurappa for watching a film with actor Amitabh Bachchan. He said that instead of addressing the problems of the flood-hit people of north Karnataka, the Chief Minister was promoting Amitabh Bachchan’s film.

He alleged that the BJP Government was harassing officials who owned ancestral property and was forcing them to part with it.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said that president of the State unit of BJP K.S. Eshwarappa should clarify whether he was representing all the people of the State or representing only a particular community.

He said that Mr. Eshwarappa was being projected as a leader of the Kuruba community. An advertisement to this effect had appeared in the print media recently, Mr. Kumaraswamy said.