Bangalore: In signs of more trouble for
the Reddy brothers facing Opposition heat over illegal mining
issue, a group of about 13 ruling BJP MLAs today met Karnataka
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and demanded action against
Led by Excise Minister Renukacharya, a dissident-
turned Yeddyurappa loyalist, the legislators met Yeddyurappa
and pledged their support to any possible action against the
three ministers -- Janardhana Reddy his brother Karunakara
Reddy and their associate B Sriramulu.
Sources close to the MLAs said they held the Reddy
brothers and Sriramulu, all mining magnates from mine-rich
Bellary in the state, responsible for forcing the Congress to
launch the padayatra against illegal mining.
The legislators, sources said, told Yeddyurappa that
certain actions of the Bellary trio had dented the image of
the party and its government in the state.
The MLAs also told Yeddyurappa that they planned to
launch "hatao Bellary ministers and save BJP" campaign next
Renukacharya and other legislators were part of the
dissident group controlled by Reddy brothers when they
revolted against Yeddyurappa last October before switching
Some of the MLAs rallying behind Renukacharaya are
aspirants for ministerial slots in the proposed ministry
restructuring likely to be taken up by Yeddyurappa next month.
Reddy brothers and Sriramulu have been targeted by the
opposition Congress and JDS on the illegal mining issue but
Yeddyurappa has given a clean chit to them and ruled out a CBI
probe on the mining issue.
Countering the Congress padayatra, the three ministers
have also launched a similar programme ignoring party`s advice
against it. Yeddyurappa said today that he was personally
against the padayatra by the ministers.