Karnataka Puts on Hold Decision to sell Land to JSW Steel
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Karnataka Puts on Hold Decision to sell Land to JSW Steel

According to media reports, Karnataka Cabinet has put on hold its decision to sell 3,667 acres of land to JSW Steel Ltd in Ballari following widespread

According to media reports, Karnataka Cabinet has put on hold its decision to sell 3,667 acres of land to JSW Steel Ltd in Ballari following widespread opposition. Karnataka’s Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mr Basavaraj Bommai said “The previous cabinet's decision to give land to Jindal has not been confirmed in today's cabinet meeting, so the previous decision on this matter will be on hold. With this decision the previous cabinet decision will not be implemented. Lot of cases are there, there is appeal in the Supreme Court, there is a PIL in high court based on which notices have been issued. After looking into all these things, we will take a decision in the days to come.”

Earlier this month, at least four BJP legislators wrote a letter to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, demanding a rollback of the government’s decision to sell the land. A report in India Today said, the letter, signed by Basangouda Yatnal, Arvind Bellad, K Poornima, Uday Garudachar, read, "The decision to execute the absolute sale deed in the cabinet meeting held on Date:26/04/2021 has come as a shock to all the legislators. The decision of the state cabinet, in fact, humiliates the protest taken up by all the BJP karyakartas and legislators. Many of the ministers and legislators are not in approval of the said decision of the state government. The very issue of corruption, for which the entire BJP state unit had fought under your leadership is being approved by you as chief minister is mocking the very fight."

The BJP while in opposition had opposed a similar move and had even staged protests against the then government's decision. Accusing the Congress-JD(S) coalition government of selling the land to the company at a throwaway price (INR 1.22 -1.50 lakh per acre), the BJP, then in opposition, had held a two-day round-the-clock sit-in.

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