Accusing Gowda of “imagining things” about the BMIC project, Yeddyurappa told reporters in Bangalore on Monday that, “Not an inch of extra land has been given to the NICE, the project promoter. He (Gowda) is trying to establish that this Government has given excess land to the NICE, which is false...He is only creating confusion with an eye on the BBMP elections.”
He said the BMIC project was being implemented strictly as per the Supreme Court order. Except for 300 acres, almost all land handed over so far to the promoter was notified by previous Governments. “Only god knows why Gowda is protesting. This Government has not taken any independent decision on handing over land to the project,” the Chief Minister said.
In the same breathe, Yeddyurappa went on to allege that Gowda had no respect for any individual, including the Chief Minister and the Advocate General. “His remarks are insult not only to the CM, but the entire six crore people of the State,” he said. Yeddyurappa, however, refused to take any legal action against Gowda. “Gowda himself is a legal expert. What action anybody can take against him,” he said in sarcasm.
The CM further claimed that along with agriculture, his Government wants industrial development also so that future generation could get jobs. “Gowda is only shedding crocodile tears for farmers. By making derogatory remarks, he tried to provoke me so that to create confusion in view of BBMP elections...I can also make such remarks. But I will not do so. Let him stop provoking me,” he stated.