BJP to continue dharna over denotification

BJP to continue dharna over denotification

The State BJP will continue with its dharna in the well of the Legislative Assembly as the House resumes on Monday demanding a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in denotification of 541 acres in Arkavathy Layout of the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).

The BJP had crippled the entire day’s business on Saturday alleging that ruling Congress was a direct beneficiary of the alleged illegal denotifications and the funds had been utilised during the recent polls to the Lok Sabha.

“We will not budge. We will not accept anything but a CBI probe,” Leader of the Opposition Jagadish Shettar told Deccan Herald on Sunday. 

The day’s agenda has listed discussion on demand for budgetary grants for 18 departments and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s reply. The budget proposals for 2014-15 have to be passed by July 31. Only a vote-on-account for four months was taken in March this year, when the budget proposals were tabled in the legislature.

Shettar said it was for the ruling party to decide on how it gets the budget passed but the BJP members would continue with their dharna.

A strategy meeting has been convened by the BJP at its legislature party office in Vidhana Soudha on Monday morning, Opposition Chief Whip Sunil Kumar said.

Taking a different stand

Interestingly, former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa has not toed the party line on the denotification controversy. In a statement in Tumkur, Yeddyurappa said that denotification of land was left to the chief minister’s discretion.

Some BJP leaders feel that a CBI inquiry into denotification of land in Arkavathy Layout could also put Yeddyurappa in the dock.

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