When Karnataka Congress MLA Anand Singh tendered his resignation on Monday, 1 July, the JD(S)-Congress coalition government’s initial fear was another attempt by the BJP to topple the government.
But by the afternoon, Anand Singh made it clear that his resignation was a protest against the government’s decision to sell 3,666 acres land to Jindal group’s JSW Steel Ltd, in Ballari for iron ore mining.
Anand Singh was the second Congress MLA to oppose this land deal. Senior Congress leader and former Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj HK Patil too, had raised his objection with it.
There are three major points of contention raised against the JSW land deal. First, why the land is sold instead of just leasing it; second, the allegation that the price offered is too low; and third, that JSW owes money to state run Mysore Minerals Limited (MML).
So is JSW land deal a scam or just a controversy created for political reasons?