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Arkavathy: BJP to Protest Across State From August 7

The BJP would stage protests across the state on August 7 demanding a CBI probe into the irregularities in Arkavathy Layout land denotification.

Published: 30th July 2014 08:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th July 2014 08:59 AM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: The BJP would stage protests across the state on August 7 demanding a CBI probe into the irregularities in Arkavathy Layout land denotification.

At a meeting of the Core Committee here on Tuesday, the party decided to intensify the agitation for a CBI probe.

Protests would be held in all major centres in the state.

A delegation of state leaders would also hold discussions with national leaders and legal experts to chalk out the future course of action, BJP state president Prahlad Joshi told reporters.

He said the issue would also feature in the state office-bearers’ meeting on August 6 and the National Council meeting in Delhi on August 9.

Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Jagadish Shettar said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is responsible for the  denotification.

“Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has no moral right to continue in the post and he should resign immediately,” he demanded.

He said Siddaramaiah had approved the files on the denotification which he (Shettar) had refused to sign. The chief minister has even denotified the land where sites have been allotted.

“Around 8,000 allottees of the layout have been pushed out in the streets,” Shettar said.

On Siddaramaiah’s allegation that the BDA had recommended denotification of the land and his government approved it to avoid contempt of High Court, Shettar said the chief minister is trying to justify his action under the pretext of a court order.

“Of the 541 acres denotified, around 422 were recommended by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). But Siddaramaiah has added another 120 acres to this,” Shettar added.

Defending the party’s demand for a CBI probe, Shettar said a judicial or a House committee probe would not do justice. Only a CBI probe would be effective.



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