Bangalore: Striking a discordant note
hours after Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa earned a reprieve
from the BJP high command, Tourism Minister G Janardhana Reddy
Wednesday disapproved of mutt heads lending support to him.
"Truth always protects honest and loyal people. But
those who deserted honesty and loyalty should be removed,"
Reddy, who had raised a banner of revolt against the chief
minister last year, said at a function in his stronghold of
Bellary but did not name Yeddyurappa.
"How far is it correct for mutt heads to take to the
streets to justify dishonest people," he asked, in an apparent
reference to some heads of Lingayat mutt, who had publicly
lent their support to Yeddyurappa and threatened backlash if
he was removed from chief ministership.
"If people of one community (Lingayats to which the
chief minister belongs) stages agitation in favour of one
party (BJP), it`s interpreted that it`s confined to (that) one
community. This is not correct," Reddy said in his comments
seen as taking a swipe at Yeddyurappa.
Asked for his reaction here to Reddy`s remarks,
Yeddyurappa, who appeared to have weathered the storm in the
wake of Opposition onslaught over alleged land scams involving
his family, declined to comment.