CM Bommai: Attempt to cover lakes during Congress: CM Bommai

Bangalore:CM Basavaraja made a serious allegation in the Bommai assembly that there was an attempt to cover the lakes during the Congress period. CM Bommai made this allegation during the discussion on lake encroachment while Revenue Minister R. Ashok was replying on behalf of the government to the excessive rainfall debate in the Assembly on Monday.

CM Bommai alleged that lake-swallowing was done during the Congress period by presenting the cabinet resolution of 2017.

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In the cabinet meeting held in 2017, it was decided to remove the rights over the lakes under section (19) of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964 to use the derelict lakes for public purposes. A decision was taken in the cabinet meeting to amend the provision in the said column. But this decision has not been implemented, instead it was an attempt, he said.

Siddaramaiah responded to this and clarified that yes, the decision in the cabinet is true but not implemented. CM Bommai responded to this and retorted that the government had backed down due to opposition from the public.

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Siddaramaiah objected to this and the decision was not implemented. He asserted that this decision was about losing the features of the lake.

To this, the CM criticized that yes, the resolution has not been implemented, but the intention of the cabinet is clear. The CM asked what purpose is shown by removing the rights of the public to the lakes by erasing them.

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CM Bommayi took a dig at the Cabinet decision that there was an attempt to close the lakes. At this time, there was a scuffle between the Congress and the BJP.

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