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‘Will take back land allotted during JD(S) rule'

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NEW DELHI: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Wednesday said he was “seriously thinking” of taking back the land allotted to the kin of former Chief Ministers of the State (and Janata Dal-Secular president) H.D. Deve Gowda and his son H.D. Kumarasamy during their tenure as Chief Minister and distribute them to the poor.

Mr. Yeddyurappa, who met senior Bhartiya Janata Party leaders L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Rajnath Singh and Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj here told presspersons that newspaper advertisements regarding the “land grabbing” instances of the Gowdas in Hassan district, the native place of Mr. Deve Gowda, would be published in three to four days.

“I am going to visit that spot in Hassan and am thinking of taking back the land and distributing it among the SC and ST people there.” He claimed that as high as 81 acres of land was with one family.

He had asked the officials to give details of land grabbing cases in Hassan district, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.

Sources said the meetings Mr. Yeddyurappa had with senior BJP leaders were only courtesy calls as he could not meet and thank them after the high command announced his continuation as Chief Minister on November 24 vis-à-vis the land scam charge.

Earlier the Chief Minister had a breakfast meeting with BJP MPs from Karnataka at Karnataka Bhavan here and briefed them on the land scams allegedly indulged in by Gowdas during their tenure. In the evening, he visited Raj Ghat and offered prayers at the Mahatma Gandhi's memorial and left for Bangalore in the night.

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