BENGALURU: After a public and political outcry over its decision to sell a Ballari land parcel to JSW Steel at a price considered too low, the state government on Friday referred the matter to a cabinet subcommittee for a review. Industries minister KJ George moved a proposal in this regard in the cabinet. Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy will decide the composition of the committee.“The majority of the ministers were in favour of the earlier decision (to sell land). But the industries minister suggested today (Friday) that the decision should be re-examined by a cabinet subcommittee to clear doubts in people’s minds,” rural development and panchayat raj minister Krishna Byregowda said after the cabinet discussion. The deal for 3,667 acres of land in Ballari became controversial for the Kumaraswamy-led government after senior Congress leader HK Patil voiced his opposition and the BJP alleged corruption. The JD(S)-Congress government tried its best to defend the deal, saying it had acted as per the agreement signed with JSW Steel when the BJP and JD(S) were in power in 2006. The land rate was fixed in 2011. The argument failed to end the row. But more than the BJP’s opposition, it was Patil’s stand which hurt the coalition government the most.