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Gowda Instigating Farmers, Alleges Yeddyurappa

PTI 13 Jan 2010, 10:01:48 IST
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Stepping up his attack on former prime minister H D Deve Gowda for using abusive language against him, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Tuesday accused him of instigating farmers to create law and order problems in the state.

"What is your intention? Do you want to vitiate the law and order situation? You are creating confusion and hampering development. Why are you losing your balance? Please outline the reasons for your attack on my government?" Yeddyurappa said posing a series of questions to Gowda.

"I have not heard in post-independence era a former prime minister calling a chief minister a 'bloody bastard' and using other invectives. People of Karnataka are known for decent, dignified and courteous behaviour," Yeddyurappa told reporters here.

Flaying Gowda's remarks made on Sunday during a farmers' protest against land acquisition for the Bangalore-Mysore Express Highway project, he appealed to the people, particularly his party men, to end the three-day old protests against the JDS chief.

Asserting that his government had no role in allotment of land to Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE) for the project, Yeddyurappa said the MoU was signed on February 20, 1995 when Gowda was the chief minister. The framework agreement was inked on April 3, 1997 by the then Janata Dal Government led by late J H Patel.

Yeddyurappa said it was the Janata Dal government which fixed Rs 10 as lease rent per acre of land and his government could not be blamed for it. The Outline Development Plan (ODP) was approved on December 12, 2004 when S M Krishna was the chief minister, he said.

As per the framework agreement so far 7,123.1 acres of land has been handed over to NICE, he said, adding that this included the release of 204 acres by H D Kumarswamy and 862 acres by Dharam Singh during their respective chief ministerships.

"We will not give one acre of land extra other than the 20,193 acres stipulated under the original agreement," he said.