Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Sunday hit back at JD-S leader HD Kumarswamy
accusing him of getting a large number of sites alloted to his
family and receiving bribe from the mining sector when he was
at the helm.
Yeddyurappa alleged that a trust run by Kumaraswamy`s
family received Rs 250 crore as donations and a bribe of Rs
168 crore from the mining sector when he was the Chief
He charged JD-S chief H D Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy with
getting 146 sites allotted to their family members illegally
during Kumaraswamy`s tenure as Chief Minister.
"During 20 months of (JDS-BJP) coalition Government, this
family enjoyed the fruits of power. Now it is making baseless
allegations, particularly against me," Yeddyurappa said.
The Chief Minister denied allegations of graft levelled
against him by Kumaraswamy, who is a Lok Sabha member and
president of the JD-S state unit, and termed them baseless.
Kumaraswamy had alleged yesterday that two firms managed
by Yeddyurappa`s sons had received Rs 13 crore as kickback
from a company for allotting a Rs 1,032 crore Upper Bhadra
Lift Irrigation project.
Yeddyurappa said Kumaraswamy, as Chief Minister,
sanctioned the Rs 550 crore contract at Rs 1032 crore
(inflating the value) and also gave approval for an advance of
Rs 103 crore to be paid to the company after chairing a
meeting of the Karnataka Neeravari Nigama, state owned
Kumaraswamy has persistently put Yeddyurappa in the line
of fire on charges of corruption and nepotism. The Chief
Minister`s camp has also gone hammer and tongs at the family
of former Prime Minister Deve Gowda levelling counter charges.