BENGALURU: The political fallout of the proposed sale of 3,667 acres to Jindal Steel Works took another turn on Sunday with BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa alleging that ministers in the Kumaraswamy government had received kickbacks in the deal. Meanwhile, sources in the government said Kumaraswamy has distanced himself from the controversey and decided not to meet industries minister KJ George and senior Congressman HK Patil to sort out the issue. Sources claim he made it clear that it’s now George must pull the coalition out of this mess and he won’t take the initiative.Though Congress leaders, including Patil who was the first to object to the sale, claimed that George and Patil would meet the CM on Sunday, Kumaraswamy steered clear of the issue. “The CM doesn’t want to be involved in this controversey. From Day One, George was responsible for the deal and it was he who convinced the cabinet about it. The CM clearly said George and his ministry, and not him, must clarify,” said an official in the chief minister’s office. Meanwhile in Kalaburagi on Sunday, Yeddyurappa said it was clear that key cabinet ministers had received kickbacks. “If there were no kickbacks, why would they clear the deal? The first thing the government did after the Lok Sabha elections was to clear the sale in the first cabinet meeting. People running the government, including the CM and his cabinet, have received kickbacks,” Yeddyurappa said. The BJP said the protest against the deal will be on June 13 and 14. BJP sources said Yeddyurappa will participate in a meeting of state party presidents on June 13 called by incumbent national president and Union home minister Amit Shah ahead of the organisational polls.
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