Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA: K. Diwakar, adviser to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, has filed a complaint to the Chief Election Commissioner against H.D. Kumaraswamy, former Chief Minister and president of the State unit of the Janata Dal (S), taking objection to his reported statements with regard to the release of land to the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Project, being executed by the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE).

He said in the complaint that while addressing a press conference after launching a website of his party on March 28, Mr. Kumaraswamy stated that the BJP Government in Karnataka had released 600 acres of excess land to NICE with an intention to collect funds for the elections. Mr. Diwakar said: “this statement is highly derogatory, baseless, and done with an intention to belittle the image of the party (BJP) and the Government in the eyes of the general public.” The complaint said that the BMIC project was conceived about eight years ago and all statutory clearances were given by the then government headed by S.M. Krishna and the related actions with regard to the project were taken by earlier governments, including the one headed by Mr. Kumaraswamy. Mr. Diwakar said that the BMIC project-related decisions were taken on the basis of the directions of the Supreme Court. He appealed to the CEC to issue a direction restraining Mr. Kumaraswamy from making “uncharitable remarks”.