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Yeddyurappa again says no to CBI probe on illegal mining

Rejecting Opposition`s demand for a CBI investigation into illegal mining, Yeddyurappa today invited them instead to join a delegation headed by him to meet Prime Minister to press for a total ban on iron ore exports.



Bangalore: Rejecting Opposition`s demand
for a CBI investigation into illegal mining, Karnataka Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa today invited them instead to join a
delegation headed by him to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
to press for a total ban on iron ore exports.

"I have decided to lead a delegation to Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh either on July 17 or July 18 to plead for a ban
on export of iron ore, which is a solution to end illegal
mining," Yeddyurappa told reporters here.

He said he has written letters to Opposition Congress
and JDS to respond to his invitation.

"If they (Opposition) come, I will take them...else I
will go on my own and meet the prime minister," Yeddyurappa,
who has been under attack from Opposition parties for his
"failure" to check illegal mining, said.

Stating that there was no question of entrusting the
illegal mining issue to a CBI probe under any circumstances,
he alleged it was Congress and JDS leaders who are involved in
it.

"These parties have been pressing for a CBI probe to
ensure their leaders get a clean chit from the charges they
face on illegal mining," he said.

Yeddyurappa alleged that the Opposition`s main aim was
to stall proceedings and that both parties have united on the
mining issue for this purpose.

In an attempt to counter the Congress "padayatra" from
Bangalore to Bellary on the mining issue, he said he would
embark on tours in every district for three days a month after
the legislature session concludes.

"Besides reviewing development works at district
headquarters, I will also address public meetings to inform
people about the government`s achievements and hurdles created
by Opposition parties to development works. I will also meet
farmers to discuss on organic farming methods," he said.

Yeddyurappa said he would bring out a booklet on the
mining issue during the regimes of S M Krishna, N Dharam
Singh, H D Kumaraswamy, as also that of his own government.

He also apologised to KPCC president R V Deshpande and
senior Congress leader R L Jalappa for alleging that their
relatives were involved in illegal mining.

"I had made such a statement based on information
furnished by officials. But the information is not true.
Deshpande`s son had been sanctioned a mining license, but he
has not started it," he said.

Yeddyurappa had recently released a list of Congress
leaders who are into mining, after the Opposition party
trained its guns on his government over the issue.

PTI

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