An Opposition demand for the resignation of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa or the ordering of a CBI probe by the state into the receipt of illegal gratification by an organisation run by the CMs family derailed the entire proceedings of the Assembly here on Tuesday. While Speaker K G Bopaiah made two attempts at obtaining consensus on the issue,the Opposition parties stuck to their demand.
Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Siddaramaiah of the Congress said that the Rs 20 crore received by Prerna Education and Social Trust,run by Yeddyurappas sons,from the affiliates of a steel major,JSW Steel,was not a donation but kickback for favours granted to the company. Siddaramaiah said the Yeddyurappa government waived off outstanding dues amounting to Rs 118 crore from the steel major as part of an iron ore supply arrangement reached between the state-run Mysore Minerals Ltd and the company in 1997. He said Yeddyurappa and his family have not denied the receipt of the funds by the trust. These donations involve companies linked to ministries directly under the purview of the CM. Only a CBI probe will help, Siddaramaiah said.
The CM did not reply to the Opposition on Tuesday but has made it clear that the BJP would favour a probe by authorities other than the CBI. The BJP has been suggesting a House committee to look into the functioning of trusts run by politicians in the state since 1991.