The State Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, who are holding day-night dharna against the state government’s decision to grant over 3600 acres of land to the steel giants JSW Ballary, entered second day here on Saturday, have decided to intensify their agitation.
The BJP leaders, including state party president BS Yeddyurappa, former Deputy Chief Minister R Ashok and deputy leader of opposition in the Assembly Govinda Karajol and several other leaders slept at the Dharna place whole night and continued on Saturday also.
The BJP leaders, who have decided to mount pressure on the state government, have decided to stage picketing in front of the Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s residence, and also likely to continue their agitation on Saturday night also.
The BJP leaders, who are opposing the grant of land to the JSW Steel at a throw away price, are demanding the state government to withdraw its decision.
Speaking to newsmen, the BJP state president, who is spearheading the agitation, had charged that the JD(S)-Coalition government, had expressed doubt that payment of large amount of kickback there, behind the land deal.
Meanwhile the state cabinet, which met on Friday, had decided to constitute a cabinet-subcommittee to look into the allegations made against the government in the land grant deal, and submit a report to the government.
The Congress MLA and former minister HK Patil, had opposed the grant of land to JSW, which allegedly owes a huge amount of over Rs 2000 crore to the state-owned Mysore Minerals Limited towards payment of royalty for the use of Iron Ore.
Water Resources minister DK Shivakumar, however had strongly defended the state government’s decision on the issue and said that “Government is duty bound to grant the land to the JSW steel, which had made a huge investment, besides creating large number of jobs in the state”.
In a statement, the Congress leader HK Patil had welcomed the state government’s decision for constituting a cabinet-subcommittee to look into the grant of land.
“The Cabinet Sub Committee will study the entire issue and take note of the objections raised by people concerned and come to a correct conclusion” the Congress leader said.