Bengaluru, Jun 16: Former chief minister and leader of opposition in Karnataka Assembly B S Yeddyurappa on Sunday urged Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to ensure that the building land lease of United News of India in the city is extended by another 30 years and condemned the harassment meted out by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to UNI officials there.
Speaking at a protest meeting against failure of Karnataka government to take effective steps for drought effect mitigation and selling of over 3600 acres of land to Jindal Steel Works in Ballari district, he said UNI was a reputed national news agency and a non-profitable organisation.
‘’It is shame that BBMP officials are harassing the UNI management which is nothing but ‘An attack on the press. I demand that the lease period should be extended by another 30 years. But the BBMP officials giving a three day notice for eviction of such reputed organisation from its building is nothing but shame,’’ he said.
UNI had built its building in Bengaluru that was inaugurated in 1986 by then president Gyani Zail Singh.‘’I speak on behalf of my media friends, if the government tried to evict UNI from its own building, BJP will launch a major fight in support of the news agency. The chief minister should immediately respond and understand the problems faced by UNI and solve it’s building issue,’’ he added. (UNI)