Caught in a row over the controversial Jindal Steel land deal, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said the government’s decision on sale of 3,667 acres to JSW Steel in Ballari will be reconsidered and placed before the cabinet once again for discussion.
“I have discussed about the sale of land with deputy chief minister G. Parameshwar and Industries minister K.J. George. I have instructed them to reconsider it and place it before the cabinet once again for discussion,” he said.
The state cabinet had recently decided convert the lease of 3,667 acres to JSW Steel in Ballari into a sale deed, in accordance with the initial agreement. State BJP president B.S. Yeddyurappa on Sunday had alleged that the ruling coalition had got kickbacks.
Accusing the government of selling the land to the company at a throwaway price, the BJP has announced that it will stage a three-day protest in Bengaluru from June 13. Causing embarrassment to the coalition, senior Congress leader H.K. Patil has been opposing the sale, by writing a series of letters to the government.
He has maintained that the company had been accused of illegal mining and that it owed dues to the government and state-run Mysore Minerals Ltd.
Amid the row, JSW Steel chairman and managing director Sajjan Jindal had Saturday said, “The company never does anything “illegal” or to “disadvantage” to the people of Karnataka.”
H K Patil welcomes govt decision
Senior Congress leader and former minister H K Patil today welcomed the Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s decision to revoke grant of over 3660 acres of land to the Steel giant JSW company, which was mired with the controversies.
In a statement here, Patil, who had strongly objected the State Cabinet’s decision on granting of land to the Jindal company at a throw away price, welcomed State government’s decision on the issue.
The state government had received wrath from its decision to grant land to the JSW, as the main opposition BJP had planned to stage a state-wide protest while the members of the Ruling party had also raised objection.
While the Minister for Industry K J George had strongly defended the decision and denied charges that JSW had owes a huge royalty payment to the state-owned Mysore Minerals limited.
To avoid embarrassment over the issue, the KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao had brought both H K Patil and George for a talk to thrash out the issue, did not yield any results as both had struck to their stand.
According to official sources, Kumaraswamy had issued directions to the officials to place the files relating to the grant of land to JSW, once again in the Cabinet, for a review. UNI