Bangalore: BJP`s Karnataka unit on Wednesday termed
as politically motivated the arrest of former minister and
mining baron G Janardhana Reddy by CBI in connection with
illegal mining, as the agency had not probed allegations of
Congress leaders involved in it.
Speaking to reporters, state unit BJP Spokesperson Ayanur
Manjunath alleged Congress was unnecessarily probing Reddy`s
alleged involvement in illegal mining activities, despite
there being no mention of his name in the FIR.
He said Reddy`s arrest was politically motivated as CBI has
not conducted any probe into allegations of Congress leaders
alleged involvement in illegal mining.
"Why have they only targeted Reddy? Even Congress MLAs and
leaders also are involved in fleecing the country`s natural
resources, he said.
The meeting,which discussed strategies for the Sep 26 Koppal
bypoll and ways to strengthen the party, felt Reddy`s arrest
and former minister Sriramulu`s resignation of his assembly
membership would not have any impact on the bypoll result.
Manjunath said Sriramulu resigned as he was indicted by
former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde in his report on
illegal mining. "He is not against BJP," he added.
People in Bellary and surrounding districts are aware that
Reddys and Sriramulu are not against BJP, Manjunath said.
Manjunath said Opposition Congress and JDS would not be able
to give a tough fight to BJP as they lacked strong leaders.
He attacked State JDS President H D Kumaraswamy for reporte
reportedly calling Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda a
coolie. "The Chief Minister is coolie for 6.5 crore people of
the state, but Kumaraswamy`s family had been working for their
own benefits. In a democracy a Chief Minister is a coolie
working for people`s betterment," he added.
BJP state President K S Eswarappa and former Chief Minister
Yeddyurappa also attended the meet.