Bangalore: The war of words between the
ruling BJP in Karnataka and JD(S) over alleged land scams
on Tuesday intensified further with a key aide of Chief Minister B
S Yeddyurappa accusing former prime minister H D Deve Gowda
and his family of grabbing 82.01 acres of government land.
At a press conference here, Yeddyurappa`s political
secretary B J Puttaswamy, a former JDS activist now in BJP,
released details of the lands allegedly grabbed by the Gowda
family in Hassan, his home district.
He charged that grazing land, tank beds and other
government lands were grabbed by Deve Gowda and his family at
Kamenahalli, Paduvalahippe, Galipura Kaval, Maragowdanahalli,
Chakenahalli of Holenarasipura taluk and Arakalagudu Taluk in
Puttaswamy said though an enquiry into the land grab by
Mysore Divisional Commissioner has recommended action against
Gowda, no action had been taken so far.
He claimed the Revenue Department Principal Secretary had
on October 28 reported that "original file is missing" in
connection with the lands grabbed by Gowda and family members.
Puttaswamy dared Gowda and his sons to keep up their word
that they would quit politics if anyone proved land grabbing
allegations against them.
"Now I have proved it. They should quit politics," he
He also demanded that the chief minister should take steps
to reclaim the land grabbed by the JD(S) chief and his family.
Allegations of land scams have been flying thick and fast
between BJP and the Opposition, particularly JDS, which has
been targetting the chief minister over denotification of
lands and allotment of prime plots to his family members.
Angered by the JDS charges, Yeddyurappa has vowed "not to
rest" till he exposed the "misdeeds" of the Deve Gowda family.
The government has ordered a judicial probe into land scam
allegations that covers a 16-year-period, bringing the regimes
of Gowda`s son H D Kumaraswamy, S M Krishna and Dharam Singh,
as also Deve Gowda himself under its ambit.
In another decision targetting Deve Gowda, the state
cabinet yesterday decided to hold a CID probe into the alleged
corruption and irregularities in Upper Krishna Irrigation
project during the tenure of JDS chief`s tenure as chief