BENGALURU: After two days of dharna in Bengaluru in protest against the state government’s JSW Steel land deal, the BJP on Sunday tried to make a strong statement of dissent by trying to storm chief minister HD Kumaraswamy’s home office, Krishna. This, despite the CM sending a letter of appeasement along with an emissary in the form of his cabinet colleague and animal husbandry minister Venkatrao Nadagouda to the BJP camp. Police have made elaborate security arrangements to ensure the protest does not spiral into a law and order situation in the city. Early on Sunday morning, as BJP leaders led by party state president BS Yeddyurappa were preparing to gherao the CM’s home office, the JD(S)-Congress coalition government made a pre-emptive effort to checkmate the opposition by sending Nadagouda along with a letter from the CM. While Nadagouda did not stay more than 30 seconds, suggesting that it was only a political move by the coalition to disrupt the BJP’s plans, the letter stated Kumaraswamy was open to parleys over the land deal, IMA scam and other concerns of the opposition. “The government has taken all possible drought-mitigation measures and successfully implemented the farm loan waiver. In the case of JSW land deal, the cabinet has already referred the matter to a sub-committee. I’ve taken note of your day and night protest with utmost seriousness and I’m willing to have talks with you at a time of your suiting,” read the letter. However, during his public speech, Yeddyurappa stated that the party need not pay heed to Kumaraswamy’s “false assurances” and went ahead with the plan. This prompted Kumaraswamy to take to Twitter from New Delhi; “Despite my efforts to have talks with the opposition on their concerns, the BJP has decided to gherao my office. This suggests that BJP is looking for publicity and not concerned with development issues of the state,” he claimed. Drama outside Krishna As soon as around 3,000 protesters reached Kumara Krupa Road, police stopped them outside the Chitrakala Parishath premises adjoining Krishna. The leaders were swiftly detained. However, vociferous leaders tried to barge through the barricades and locked horns with police for denying their “democratic right to protest in front of the CM’s office.” Police had already brought in around 10 BMTC buses and deployed a 250-strong contingent to handle the protesters. Knowing what was coming next, Yeddyurappa boarded the bus without creating a scene, and let the younger leaders hog the limelight through their defiance. MLAs like MP Renukacharya and R Ashoka desisted the cops’ efforts to take them to the bus, and tried to push through the personnel waving party flags. However, they were all forced to vacate the premises. The leaders were taken to Cubbon Park and released in half an hour. Towards the end, by 1pm, the protest came to an anti-climax, much to the relief of several young workers who left the place to watch the much-anticipated India-Pakistan World Cup match.