Special Correspondent

We'll not allow firm to flout the terms of agreement: Yediyurappa

SHIMOGA: Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said here on Sunday that there were no differences between the BJP and the Janata Dal (S) on reclaiming the excess land provided to the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE) for the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project.

Talking to presspersons he said that the matter would come up at the Cabinet meeting on Monday. He said the Government would not allow NICE to flout the terms of agreement.

He recalled that when he was Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly he had led an agitation demanding that the excess land acquired by NICE be reclaimed.

"Now it is time for me to turn that into action."

Mr. Yediyurappa said he did not consider the suggestions given by JD (S) president H.D. Deve Gowda on the steps to be taken with regard to matters pertaining to NICE as interference in governance. "As a senior leader and former Prime Minister he has a right to offer suggestions to the government on matters of public interest," he said.

Fiat to officers

Mr. Yediyurappa said he had given strict instructions to officers to take stringent measures to plug the leakage in collection of commercial tax.