New Delhi: Seeking to take the battle to his
detractors court, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa
plans to bring out a "charge sheet" against JD(S) supremo H D
Deve Gowda and his family members on the issue of land scams.
Unfazed by the opposition campaign for his removal,
Yeddyurappa also declared that his government is going to last
a full five-year term and central leaders of the BJP were
"happy about my performance".
He said he was going in for a cabinet reshuffle in the first
week of next month which will see some changes in portfolios.
"I want to publish a charge sheet against Deve Gowda and
his family members before Parliament session. So many illegal
transactions have taken place, especially land scams. Let them
discuss it in Parliament", Yeddyurappa told reporters after
meeting top BJP leaders L K Advani and Arun Jaitley.
Reeling out figures about the allotments of stray sites,
(G category sites) by his predecessors, he said the opposition
parties are "blaming my government" for such allotments. He
tried to drive home the point that such actions by his
government were less in number compared to earlier
He said under the G category, former Chief Ministers S
M Krishna had allotted 334 sites, Dharam Singh 76, H D
Kumaraswamy 286 and his government 172. He alleged that Deve
Gowda had allotted 46 sites to his family in Mysore and there
has been "no answer" from them inspite of his public charge.
He said that Gowda and his party was resorting to "hit
and run" policy against his government and therefore to
counter them he will be bringing out the "charge sheet" which
needed to be discussed in Parliament.
Replying to a question, the Chief Minister said that his
"remove Governor" H R Bhardwaj campaign was now over.
Only last month, the battle against the Governor, with
whom the Chief Minister has frequently been at loggerheads,
had flared up with even senior party leaders petitioning the
President for his recall.
In an apparent move to expand his base among the rural
people, Yeddyurappa said that his government would be
presenting a separate budget for farmers on February 24,
which, he claimed, was the first of its kind in the country.
He also dismissed charges that the FIR against Rajya
Sabha Deputy Chairman and Congress leader K Rahman Khan for
alleged financial irregularities filed by his Government were
"He is my close friend. I do not want to discuss about
it. But there were specific charges against him in connection
with Amanat Cooperative Bank in Bangalore," he said.
The FIR alleges financial irregularities by Khan and two
others to the tune of Rs 102.02 crore in the bank.