Bangalore: Renewing his attack on the BJP
government in Karnataka, Governor H R Bhardwaj today charged
that it has "failed" to check illegal mining and demanded that
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa reply to his recent letters on
illegal mining and alleged land scams.
"Illegal mining is still continuing. No action is taken
by the government here," Bhardwaj, who wrote to Chief Minister
B S Yeddyurappa two days ago seeking a report on the issue,
told reporters here.
Bhardwaj expressed happiness over the Andhra Pradesh High
Court vacating stay on CBI probe into allegations of illegal
mining in that state and described it as a "good development".
Tourism Minister and mining magnate G Janardhana Reddy
had earlier secured a stay on CBI investigations after Andhra
government ordered probe into illegal mining by firms,
including Obulapuram Mining Corporation, owned by Reddy.
However, Bhardwaj said no action had been taken in
Karnataka to check illegal mining, apparently targetting
Bellary ministers, Janardhana Reddy and his brother Karunakara
Reddy and their close associate Sriramalu.
The Governor said he had sought reports on the illegal
mining issue on earlier occasions too, but the government did
"It is my duty to protect the state`s interest. I have
written several letters to the state government on various
issues. I am also sending reports every month to the Centre on
the happenings, which I continue to do," Bhardwaj said.
"As a Governor I have to check whether what is appearing
in the media is correct and if it is correct, I must get a
report. I have a right under the constitution," he asserted,
justifying his latest letters to Yeddyurappa.
At Gadag, Yeddyurappa told reporters that his office had
received two letters from the Governor and he would reply to
them in two days time.
State unit BJP President K S Eswrappa flayed Bhardwaj`s
comments against the government and said, "The Governor is
behaving like an opposition leader."