Thursday, December 02, 2010

A common man exposed the CM

B M Shivakumar, a textile shop owner from Kengeri Satellite Town, has brought the mighty B S Yeddyurappa at the brink of ouster, and south India's first BJP government on the verge of collapse. The 43-year-old Shivakumar's right to information (RTI) forays into various BDA site allotments made by Yeddyurappa under his discretionary quota exposed the chief minister's nepotism in the alleged land scam. A few months ago, armed with documents procured through RTI applications, the shopkeeper made it public how the CM had given away sites in prime localities at dirt cheap rates to his near
and dear ones. Bangalore Mirror first got a whiff of the scam in the first week of July, when it got copies of the documents from Shivakumar, and subsequently the issue has snowballed into a major controversy which has put the noose firmly around Yeddyurappa's neck.

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