Bengaluru: Opposition Leader Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said the BJP government in the state has indulged in loot by giving government land to RSS-run Chanakya University at a throwaway price.
“The land measuring 116 acres was acquired at a cost of around Rs 170 crore. The market value is around Rs 400 crore, but the government has given it to RSS-run Chanakya University for Rs 50 crore. This is the loot that the government has indulged in,” he told reporters in a press conference.
Also, there are no provisions under which the government land could be given to a private university, Siddaramaiah said. “Therefore, the land given to Chanakya University is illegal,” he said.
Siddaramaiah asked the government to immediately withdraw the order of giving Karnataka Industries Area Development land to Chanakya University.
The government Tuesday had passed the bill amidst chaos after it was tabled by Higher Education Minister Dr Ashwath Narayan in the assembly to allow Chanakya University to be set up in 116 acres in the Aerospace Park near Devanahalli.
If the government does not act, the party would take legal action to seek withdrawal of land granted for the setting up of Chanakya University.
He also alleged that Speaker Vishveshwar Heggade Kageri did not allow a debate in the assembly over the matter and the bill was passed hurriedly.
“What is the reason for passing the bill hurriedly. Is the government under RSS pressure,” he questioned. It also amounts to favouritism, he added.
Siddaramaiah also flayed the Speaker for taking the side of the government when it is required of him to be neutral sitting in a chair sanctified by the Indian Constitution. “His conduct in the assembly yesterday was not impartial,” he added.
Kageri had said that there is a need to encourage institutions that promote Indian cultural values in an era where education is highly westernised.
Siddaramaiah alleged that the government is making efforts to impart Manuvadi education to children with an intention of “reestablishing” the caste hierarchy as per the Manuvad system.
Yesterday, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai justified the allocation of land to Chanakya University since similar concessions were given to industries to create jobs.
The government will also give concessions to organisations who give good education to the children by keeping their future in mind, he said.