JSW Steel land row: BS Yeddyurappa responds to HD Kumaraswamy's charges, says he is either 'lying or is ignorant'

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday accused BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa of misleading people about JSW Steel land issue.

Press Trust of India June 18, 2019 17:28:00 IST
JSW Steel land row: BS Yeddyurappa responds to HD Kumaraswamy's charges, says he is either 'lying or is ignorant'
  • BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa accused Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy of misleading people about JSW Steel land issue

  • Kumaraswamy on Monday had accused Yeddyurappa of taking Rs 20 crore cheque from the same Jindal company when BJP was in power

  • BJP has been attacking the Congress-JDS coalition government over Cabinet decision to convert the lease of land in Ballari to JSW Steel into a sale

Bengaluru: In continuing war of words with Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy over the JSW Steel land issue, BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa on Tuesday accused the former of trying to mislead people by uttering lies.

JSW Steel land row BS Yeddyurappa responds to HD Kumaraswamys charges says he is either lying or is ignorant

File image of BS Yeddyurappa. PTI

A day after Kumaraswamy raked up allegations against Yeddyurappa that he had received Rs 20 crore from the company when he was the chief minister during 2008-11, the BJP leader said he and his family members had been cleared of the charges by a CBI court in the case.

"Either the Chief Minister of Karnataka is lying or ignorant or both. It is a well-known fact that CBI court cleared me and my family members of blatantly false, politically motivated charges that were heaped on us," he tweeted.

The CBI court in its 26 October, 2016 verdict had acquitted Yeddyurappa, his sons, son-in-law and nine others in the corruption case filed against them over alleged receipt of Rs 20 crore.

The BJP had been attacking the Congress-JDS coalition government over 27 May Cabinet decision to convert the lease of 3,667 acres of land in Ballari to JSW Steel into a sale, in accordance with the initial agreement. The party held a three-day long sit-in last week and attempted to lay siege to the residence of Kumaraswamy on Sunday over the issue even as the state cabinet decided to refer the decision to a sub-committee for reconsideration.

While criticising Yeddyurappa for not responding to his offer of talks on the issue and going ahead with its protest, Kumaraswamy Monday alleged the BJP leader had taken Rs 20 crore cheque from the same Jindal company while in power.

"Why did Jindal give him Rs 20 crore cheque? Whether it was Yeddyurappa or who did the lease-cum-sale for Jindal? Who signed it? So I invited them, let us not discuss on streets, come let us discuss. Still, my government is open (for discussion)," he had added.

Hitting back, Yeddyurappa said Kumaraswamy was trying to mislead the people."Failing to have answers to the daylight robbery of our farmers' lands, a panicked CM is trying to mislead the people with more lies and false accusations," he tweeted. The cabinet decision to sell the land has run into opposition from senior Congress leader HK Patil also.

Congress Hospet MLA Anand Singh on Tuesday opposed the sale of the land, saying it was against the interest of the people of the region."The government should stop giving lands to companies through lease cum sale deed. If such decisions were taken in the past, the government should annul it," he told reporters in Ballari.

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