Bangalore: Stepping up pressure, Opposition Congress and JD(S) on Friday demanded immediate resignation of Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa over alleged land scams, saying the surrender of plots by his family members was a "virtual admission" of guilt.
Leaders of both the parties said the measure of surrendering plots amounted to a virtual admission of guilt (by Yeddyurappa), calling for punishment and not exoneration
of the offence.
"Yeddyurappa`s statements yesterday that he would not repeat earlier mistakes and would not take decisions succumbing to pressure shows he has erred. Now he seems to
have realised his follies. This introspection is short of our demand. He should quit forthwith," state JDS president HD Kumaraswamy, who led the charge against the BJP government, told reporters here.
Kumaraswamy, who came up with more `documentary evidence` on payment of Rs six crore by a private mining firm to firms owned by Yeddyurappa`s family in consideration for a mining licence, said, "The law won`t condone offences committed just because the perpetrator of the crime admits to it."
"Will BJP accept the return of former telecom minister A Raja if he returns the losses to exchequer from 2G spectrum sale? Will BJP condone former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan if he repents? Why this double standard by the saffron party," asked Kumaraswamy, who declared he would reveal more proof to highlight `scandals` of the Yeddyurappa government.
Kumaraswamy demanded that Yeddyurappa seek a Lokayukta probe into the land scams, instead of a judicial probe, as the agency is headed by a supreme court judge. A judicial probe would cost the government at least Rs 15 crore.
JD(S) had filed a complaint before the Lokayukta yesterday, seeking probe into the alleged land scams. Former minister and Kumaraswamy`s brother HD Revanna,
at a separate press meet, shared similar views and urged BJP president Nitin Gadkari to direct Yeddyurappa to quit.
Revanna, who also heads the JD(S) legislature group in the assembly, charged the government with destroying evidence on land scams and denying information sought through RTI route.
"There are 120 cases of denotification of lands by the Yeddyurappa government since 2009," he said and claimed to possess documents on these transactions.
KPCC president G Parameshwara also demanded that Yeddyurappa should resign immediately.