Bengaluru: The Congress has decided to counter Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy’s nearly 500-page book on the controversy-ridden Arkavathi Layout with a book of its own.
Addressing presspersons here on Sunday, C.M. Dhananjaya, chairman of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Legal Cell, said the book on the denotification of land in the layout was being brought out to explain the “ground reality” to the public. It would be distributed to Congress workers in all districts, he said.
KPCC president G. Parameshwara would release the book in two or three days, he said. The JD(S) had released its book on Saturday and alleged a “direct role” by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in the denotification of land.
He alleged that former Chief Ministers H.D. Kumaraswamy, B.S. Yeddyurappa and Jagadish Shettar were involved in the denotification of land in the layout.
There was no substance in the Opposition’s allegations against Mr. Siddaramaiah, he said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Siddaramaiah said that documents on Arkavathi Layout, running to nearly 1.5 lakh pages, would be submitted to the Judicial Commission, headed by Kempaiah, on Monday.
Mr. Siddaramaiah, who was in New Delhi on Sunday to attend a meeting of NITI Aayog, told presspersons that the documents had been collected from various agencies, including BDA, over the last several months.
The Judicial Commission was constituted five months ago to probe the denotification of land in the layout following a demand by Opposition parties.