Bengaluru: Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa on Tuesday (June 18) accused chief minister HD Kumaraswamy of trying to mislead people by uttering lies.

This comment by the BJP president came a day after Kumaraswamy raked up allegations against Yeddyurappa stating that he had received Rs 20 crore from the company when he was the chief minister during 2008-11.

Taking to Twitter, Yeddyurappa said, "Either the chief minister of Karnataka is lying or ignorant or both. It a well-known fact that CBI court cleared me and my family members of blatantly false, politically motivated charges that were heaped on us."

In October 2016, the CBI court acquitted Yeddyurappa, his sons, son-in-law and nine others in the corruption case filed against them over alleged receipt of Rs 20 crore.

The BJP had been attacking the Congress-JDS coalition government over the May 27 Cabinet decision to convert the lease of 3,667 acres of land in Ballari to JSW Steel into a sale, following the initial agreement.

The party held a three-day long sit-in protest last week and attempted to lay siege to the residence of Kumaraswamy on Sunday (June 16) over the issue even as the state cabinet decided to refer the decision to a sub-committee for reconsideration.

While criticising Yeddyurappa for not responding to his offer of talks on the issue and going ahead with the protest, Kumaraswamy on Monday (June 17) alleged the BJP leader had taken Rs 20 crore cheque from the same Jindal company while in power.

"Why did Jindal give him Rs 20 crore cheque? Whether it was Yeddyurappa or who did the lease-cum-sale for Jindal? Who signed it? So I invited them, let's not discuss on the streets, let's discuss. Still, my government is open (for discussion) [sic]," he added.