KARNATAKA

Any deviation from framework pact won’t be allowed: Gowda

show of strength: The crowd at the rally on the outskirts of Bangalore on Wednesday.

show of strength: The crowd at the rally on the outskirts of Bangalore on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

Special Correspondent

He urges farmers affected by BMIC project to wage a united struggle

BANGALORE: Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) president H.D. Deve Gowda on Wednesday declared that the Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) would not be allowed to get an inch of extra land than permitted in the framework agreement and called upon the farmers, who were losing their land for the project to wage a united fight.

Inaugurating a mammoth farmers’ rally organised by the Anti-Land Acquisition Agitation Committee, comprising the Janata Dal (S), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Dalit Sangharsha Samiti (N. Murthy) at Madavara on National Highway 4, Mr. Gowda blamed both the Congress government, led by S.M. Krishna and Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, for obliging Ashok Kheny of NICE with more land.

Coming down on the Government for the oppression against farmers peacefully protesting against the acquisition of their land, on Magadi Road and other places across the State, Mr. Gowda and former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy warned that they would fight against any anti-people measures, till justice was done.

Mr. Gowda alleged that Mr. Kheny had been scuttling all efforts of those losing their land and their supporters by obtaining stay in the courts

He congratulated the Kannada Sahitya Sammelan president Geeta Nagabhushan for advising Mr. Yeddyurappa to stay in sheds during summer and not to allow the mining mafia to loot the State.

In a resolution passed by the people, who gave their nod by raising their hands, the meeting decided to take the farmers to Delhi to convince the lawmakers there and the Supreme Court of their sufferings owing to the illegal activities of NICE and the support it was getting from the Government.

The leaders alleged that the extent of land to be returned to the Government was reduced to 11,968 acres from 14,255.70 acres and the company was allowed to sell a portion of the 6,999 acres of toll-road land. This, Mr. Gowda said, had helped the company to amass Rs. 30,000 crore.

Mr. Kumaraswamy alleged that the company had not even left burial grounds. He criticised the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha for supporting the Yeddyurappa Government, ignoring the interests of the farmers.

DSS State coordinator V. Nagaraju read out the resolution and the CPI (M) leader G.N. Nagaraj endorsed it.

CPI (M) Polit Bureau member and MP Vijaya Raghavan declared that his party would extend support to the movement launched by Mr. Gowda.

Senior leaders D. Manjunath, P.G.R. Sindhia, H.D. Revanna, Bandeppa Kashempur and C. Narayanaswamy attended the meeting.

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