The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its affiliates in the state were given lands by the previous BJP government, according to a statement made by the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government on Friday.
Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao stated on Friday that “hundreds of acres of government land in the state have been transferred in the name of RSS and Sangh Parivar affiliated organisations,” adding that all land allocations to organisations connected to the RSS will be reviewed.
The minister argued that it was done to advance the organization’s beliefs and expand its membership. “We must be open and honest in our work, and the public should be aware of this. Children’s minds will be dangerously contaminated if we do so, and we will take harsh action.
According to Rao, some of the BJP government’s tenders have been annulled, while others will be investigated.
The Chanakya University Bill, 2021, was approved by the Legislative Assembly in 2021 by the previous BJP administration despite resistance from Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MPs. The introduction of the Chanakya University Bill, 2021, without sufficient discussion, had drawn the ire of the opposition.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who at the time opposed the bill, said that the BJP government had lost money by selling the 116.16 acres of land needed to build the projected Chanakya University near Devanahalli for a throwaway price of 50 crore while the site was worth between 300 and 400 crore.
According to Siddaramaiah, the Centre for Education and Social Studies (CESS), whose members are from the RSS, received the property at a lower cost from the government in order to build Chanakya University. He claimed that the company had been allowed unauthorised access to land intended for the aerospace and defence industries.