Bangalore: In a snub to his three
ministerial colleagues and mining magnates, Karnataka Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa today disapproved of their holding a
padayatra to counter a similar ongoing protest by Congress
on illegal mining issue.
Health Minister B Sreeramulu, Tourism Minister G
Janardhana Reddy and his brother Revenue Minister G Karunakara
Reddy yesterday launched a 12-km padayatra from Tekkalkote to
Siruguppa in mine-rich Bellary District.
"Personally I am opposed to it. Had they sought my
advice or that of the state unit party president, we would
have counselled them against such rallies. Being part of the
government it is not advisable to venture into such rallies or
protests," Yeddyurappa told reporters here.
He, however, added: "The ministers must have been
prompted to organise rallies as they have come under intense
allegations from the opposition."
Congress` Bellary Chalo padayatra led by Leader of
Opposition in the Assembly, Siddaramiah entered the sixth day
today with Yeddurappa ordering videography of their protest.
The videography was ordered as statements by Congress
leaders that there could be some law and order problem during
their padayatra made him suspect of a "conspiracy", he said.
"The government has already provided security cover to
the padayatra. But still, the Congress leaders have repeatedly
been expressing doubts that their stir may encounter problems
from the ruling side. I suspect they (Congress) are hatching a
conspiracy to create law and order problems and put the blame
on the government," he said.
The three ministers who embarked upon their own stir
ignoring pleas by the party against it, addressed roadside
meetings during which they hit out at the Congress.
"The Congress is seeking to build its party from the
funds raised from mining lobby," Janardhana Reddy alleged at a
meeting in Bellary District.
Sreeramulu and Karunakara Reddy also addressed the
Yedyurappa also held consultations with BJP state unit
president K S Eswarappa on some issues, including the rally
being undertaken by three of his ministerial colleagues.
Besides Eswrappa, state Minister for Law S Suresh
Kumar also attended the meeting to overlook the arrangements
made for the party`s upcoming four public rallies to expose
the Congress` agenda against the government.
To counter the Congress padayatra, the BJP is holding
rallies at Davangere on August 2, Gulbarga on August 5, Mysore
on August 12 and at Bellary on August 20.