Karna CM regrets giving powers to Reddy brothers

Last Updated: Friday, November 25, 2011 - 17:25

Bangalore: Ruling BJP in Karnataka on Friday
repented having given much powers to the Reddy brothers of
Bellary even as it sent a tough message to their camp by
issuing show cause notices to four legislators loyal to
them for alleged anti-party activities.

"We regret giving powers to three ministers in Bellary.
People here are now facing anxious moments.There have been
some mistakes on our part too. We will not allow such things
to recur in future", Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said.
Reddy brothers, Janardhana and Karunakara, and their
loyalist Sreeramulu,contesting as an independent in the bypoll
to Bellary rural assembly segment, have "misused" powers given
by the party and its government, Gowda told reporters here.

"We regret giving them such powers.Such mistakes happened
due to political and other reasons", Gowda said but did not
elaborate.

Gowda flayed Sreeramulu for threatening to wipe out the
BJP from Bellary district.

The Chief Minister`s remarks came after the party issued
showcause notices to three MLAs - G Somashekara Reddy,
B Nagendra, HT Suresh Babu and MLC Mruthyunjaya Jinaga who
have thrown their weight behind Sreeramulu.

The legislators have been asked to reply to the notices
within three days, failing which they would be expelled from
the party`s primary membership, State BJP President K S
Eshwarappa told reporters in Bellary.
BJP leadership would also soon initiate action against two
MPs, J Shantha, sister of Sreeramulu and Sanna Fakirappa,
Eshwarappa said. The four legislators and two MPs have been
actively campaigning for Sreeramulu for the Nov 30 bypoll.

Sreeramulu is contesting as an independent after resigning
as a BJP MLA for being denied a ministerial berth in the wake
of the Lokayukta report on illegal mining which has indicted
him, the Reddy brothers, who are mining barons, as also former
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

Janardhana Reddy is lodged in a Hyderabad jail after being
arrested by CBI in an illegal mining case.

The Reddy brothers wielded tremendous clout in the state
and had even launched an oust-Yeddyurappa campaign when the
Karnataka strongman was Chief Minister. Yeddyurappa withstood
their onslaught but had to quit in the wake of the Lokayukta
report on illegal mining.

Gowda said police have been investigating the murder of
Siddalinga Prabhu, farmers` leader who had been fighting
against the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor project.

Action would be taken against those involved in the
murder, he said and added "viewing everything on a political
angle and politicising the issue is not correct".

Recently former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda staged a
day-long fast demanding arrest of those involved in the murder
and CBI probe.

Gowda said notices have been issued to Belgaum City Mayor
Manda Balekundri and some Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES)
councillors in connection with their anti-Kannada protests and
reply was awaited.

PTI



First Published: Friday, November 25, 2011 - 17:23

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