BJP govt to examine previous govt's sale of 3,667 acres to JSW
By The Times Of India 03-Sep-2019
"I will look into it and discuss with officials regarding it..did they (cabinet sub-committee formed in the previous government on the issue) do any activities regarding it or not, is there any report, all those things I will take that file and examine," Minister for large & medium scale industries Jagadish Shettar said in response to a question.
Speaking to reporters, he said he was not in a position to comment on the issue at the moment as he is yet to go through the files.
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The Congress-JD(S) coalition cabinet in May had decided to convert the lease of 3,667 acres to JSW Steel at Ballari into sale, in accordance with the initial agreement. However, amid a row over the decision that drew opposition from various quarters, also the BJP and within, the cabinet once again discussed the issue on June 14 and decided to refer it to a cabinet sub-committee.
Accusing the coalition government of selling the land to the company at a throwaway price (Rs 1.22-1.50 lakh per acre), the BJP had held a two-day round-the-clock sit-in.
Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, who was then the state BJP president, had even accused the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition of getting "kickbacks" for the sale of land. Causing embarrassment to the coalition, senior Congress leader H K Patil had opposed the sale by writing a series of letters to the government.
Amid the row, JSW Steel chairman and managing director Sajjan Jindal had said the firm never "does anything illegal or disadvantage" to the people of Karnataka.
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