Bellary (Ktk): Ruling BJP in Karnataka seemed
to be on the verge of facing fresh trouble as former minister
B Sreeramulu, sulking over denial of ministerial berth, is
contemplating to resign his assembly membership.
Sreeramulu, himself a mining baron and one of the close
aides of Bellary mining magnets-- Reddy brothers-- convened a
meeting of his supporters and MLAs and MPs of the district to
discuss and decide on future political course.
Sources close to Sreeramulu, elected from Bellary Rural
Assembly constituency, claim that the former minister might
announce his resignation tomorrow at a press conference
scheduled in Bangalore.
At the meeting attended by BJP MLAs Nagendra,G Somashekara,
one of the brothers of Reddys, Neminath,Chandra Naik, besides,
former minister G Janardhana Reddy, MLC, Sanna Fakeerappa, MP
from Raichur, Bellary MP, J Shanta and several supporters of
Sreeramulu at his residence.
Rumours also milled that Sreeramulu was contemplating to
float a regional party, but sources close to him refuse to
Yesterday,Sreeramulu had dropped a hint that he would spell
out his future political moves in a couple of days.
Apart from Sreeramulu, Janardhana Reddy and his brother G
Karunakara Reddy were upset after the BJP high command did not
favour their inclusion in the ministry led by Chief Minister D
V Sadananda Gowda, in the wake of a Lokayukta report indicting
them in illegal mining.
The powerful Reddy brothers, who weilded control over
Bellary district administration, have been facing crisis after
Meanwhile Gowda,who is completing one-month in office
tomorrow, declined to react to Sreeramulu`s statement.