The former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Thursday assured the farmers of Chagnur and Siriwar villages that cases booked against them for protesting against land acquisition for an airport project would be withdrawn.

Mr. Yeddyurappa made the announcement during his visit to Chagnur while campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate in the Bellary Rural Assembly bypoll.

““I will request Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda to withdraw the cases booked against the farmers of both the villages,” Mr. Yeddyurappa said.

Mr. Yeddyurappa admitted that the Government had withdrawn all the other cases against farmers in the State while the cases against Chagnur farmers were still pending.


“Steps would be taken very soon to withdraw the cases, either through a Cabinet decision or through the court of law”, he promised.

Mr. Yeddyurappa, accompanied by State Bharatiya Janata Party president K.S. Eshwarappa participated in a roadshow in the village and urged residents to vote for the party's candidate .

Meanwhile, the former Minister and independent candidate B. Sriramulu lodged a complaint with the State Election Commission alleging that Mr. Yeddyurappa had violated the model code of conduct by assuring farmers they would get a good price for their land acquired for the airport project and promising to withdraw cases against them.

Mr. Sriramulu provided video footage as evidence and urged the Chief Electoral Officer to take immediate action.