Bangalore: Refuting allegations by ruling BJP
that he had denotified land to favour individuals when he was
Karnataka Chief Minister during 1999-2004, External Affairs
Minister SM Krishna on Sunday said he denotified as per law.
Krishna`s reaction comes in the backdrop of state BJP
leaders’ allegations that during his tenure, 633 acres of
land was denotified.
"I had denotified lands as per law. BJP`s allegations
against me are cheap. They can scrutinise documents available
in Vidhana Soudha," he told reporters on the sidelines of a
Krishna said though he did not want to comment on state
politics, he was avidly watching the developments including
corruption charges against Karnataka ministers and former
Chief minister BS Yeddyurappa. "Cases are not filed without
any reason," he said.
"Since I am a Union minister, I don`t want to comment on
state government. There are party spokespersons to do the
job," Krishna said.
He had stated earlier that when he was the Chief Minister
from October 1999 to June 2004, a total of 2,203.30 acres of
land acquired by the government was denotified in favour of
various departments, including for the Outer Ring Road project
and Karnataka Industrial Area Development.
Krishna said the UPA has not accorded step-motherly
treatment to any non-Congress ruling states.
"UPA is functioning impartially and unnecessarily blaming
it for every failure of the state government is not correct,"