Bellary: A day after getting a rap from RSS
leaders who asked ministers and mining magnets Reddy brothers
to mend their ways, Karnataka Tourism Minister G Janardhana
Reddy today said he would make arrangements to ensure that
Congress rally against illegal mining here on August 9 does
not face any trouble.
"I have directed officials to ensure that the rally
encounters no trouble," he told reporters in the wake of
apprehensions expressed by Congress leaders that Reddy
brothers were expected to create problems during the rally.
He said about 4,000 police personnel would be deployed at
various places to maintain law and order during the rally,
which the Congress was holding as culmination of its ongoing
320-km padayatra launched against illegal mining, apparently
targeting Reddy brothers.
He appealed to BJP activists not to react to `provocative
speeches` of Congress leaders.
Janardhana Reddy and Health Minister B Sreeramulu, also a
mining magnet and close associate of the Reddy brothers, had
on July nine dared the Congress leaders in the assembly to
visit Bellary. Sriramulu had said that there could be trouble
in Bellary when the Congress holds its meeting Aug 9.
On July 25, the Congress launched the `Bellary chalo`
padayatra. The Reddy brothers and Sreeramulu launched a
counter-padayatra and rallies across Bellary district ignoring
even the advice of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.
The unilateral decision has annoyed state BJP leadership,
including Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.
RSS leaders had yesterday summoned Janardhana Reddy to
its headquarters `Keshava Shilpa` and warned them against
making provocative statements and blamed their behaviour for
the present political situation.