New Delhi: JD (U) on Friday said it will talk to its ally BJP on "logical grounds" in the wake of Karnataka Lokayukta indicting Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa in cases of illegal mining in the state.

"This news came yesterday. BJP is our ally and we will talk to them on this issue on logical grounds," JD (U) Chief Sharad Yadav on Friday told reporters.

On whether the Karnataka episode has weakened his party's stand on fight against corruption Yadav said, "We have been in Parliament for last 37 years. We will continue our fight against corruption. As far as Karnataka issue is concerned, we are with our ally BJP and we will talk to them on logical grounds."
   
Yadav was interacting with reporters at a press conference held to highlight his party's stand on latest report of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO).

On reports of an alleged land scam in JD (U)-ruled Bihar where the land meant for the state Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA) was allotted to relatives of political leaders, Yadav said strict action would be taken if any wrong-doing is discovered there.

"BIADA is an autonomous body. Bihar is the only state where there is no discretionary quota of any minister or the Chief Minister (for allotting lands). Chief Secretary (of the state) has been deputed to inquire into it and strict action would be taken if any wrong-doing is discovered," he said.

Nitish Kumar government in Bihar has been facing allegations that BIADA which gives land on 90-year lease on first-come-first-serve basis allotted several plots to relatives of politicians and bureaucrats there.

Defending the JD (U)-led NDA government in Bihar, Yadav said, "Those who have got lands were not part of the government at the time of allotment. All these people are well educated and joined government later on. The issue of morality would have been appropriate had these people been part of the government today."

Refusing not to comment on the clean chit given by Delhi Police to Congress party and SP on cash-for-votes scam Yadav said, "It would not be appropriate to comment on it till the conclusion of the inquiry. But people have doubt on this clean chit."

When asked about the role played by Sohail Hindustani who was arrested in connection with the scam, Yadav said, "He looks like a suspicious character. I would not like to comment on the quawwali (discourse) going on between Congress and BJP."

On NSSO report Yadav said as long as masses of this country are concerned, the high rate of GDP growth is proving to be a farce.

The government figures claim that the growth rate of GDP was over eight per cent during the first tenure of UPA. But the survey conducted by NSSO has found that the rate of employment generation has declined drastically during the same period, he said.

(Agencies)