Yeddyurappa asks Centre to reconsider its decision on iron ore

Apparently irked by the Centre`s rejection of his demand for a total ban on export of iron ore, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today asked the government to "reconsider" its decision.

Last Updated: Jul 28, 2010, 22:49 PM IST

Bangalore: Apparently irked by the
Centre`s rejection of his demand for a total ban on export of
iron ore, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today asked
the government to "reconsider" its decision.

"Let the Centre bring the issue before Cabinet and
even take up a discussion in the Parliament and take a
decision," said Yeddyurappa, whose government ordered closure
of 10 ports to ban export of iron ore two days ago and is
mulling to suspend issue of permits to transport material for
exports.

"We will issue the notification barring issue of
permits to transport iron ore for exports in a day or two,"
Yeddyurappa told reporters here.

Yeddyurappa, who seemed to be visibly upset over the
response the Congress padayatra launched against his
government evoked, vowed to "teach a lesson to Congress" by
undertaking rallies across the state.

"Those who indulged in illegal mining, benefited from
it and seeking to build party from resources raised from
mining are agitating against me. I will expose them," he said
as the padayatra entered the fourth day in the state.

Lokayukta to which the probe into illegal exports and
illegal mining has been entrusted had sought more staff, he
said, adding, Chief Secretary S V Ranganath will meet
Lokayukta Santosh Hegde in a day or two to discuss the issue.

"I have already banned export of iron ore. What more
these Congress leaders want. Let them complete their padayatra
with dance and drama," he said.

He denied any differences with Reddy brothers, whose
challenge to Congress prompted the opposition party to go on
padayatra and even dismissed any dissidence in the party
saying "we are all united".

Yeddyurappa said he had no knowledge about the rallies
being held by Health Minister B Sreeramulu in Bellary
district, while replying to a question.

Rejecting the call by opposition Congress leader
Siddaramaiah to him to seek a fresh mandate,he said "yes I
have accepted the challenge. I will go before people after
three years on completion of BJP term of five years".

PTI