BJP discusses strategy to tackle Karnataka crisis
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 19:00
New Delhi: A worried BJP top brass today held a meeting to discuss its future strategy to counter charges by Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj on the issue of illegal mining and corruption against the B S Yeddyurappa government in the state.

"Today the BJP Central leadership met informally and exchanged views on many national state-level issues. In Karnataka, the Congress after losing the mandate, is trying to destablise the popular government of Yeddyurappa. But these machinations will not bear any fruit," senior party leader Ananth Kumar said.

Kumar alleged that Congress was "constantly trying" to destablise the BJP government which was doing good work for the development of Karnataka.

Central leaders, including L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Kumar, M Venkaiah Naidu, Rajnath Singh, Murli Manohar Joshi, among others, met at the residence of BJP president Nitin Gadkari to discuss the crisis in Karnataka.

Bhardwaj had called on President Pratibha Patil and apprised her of the political situation in Karnataka.

While responding to questions from the media, he had asked for the removal of the Bellary brothers- Tourism Minister G Janardhana Reddy and Revenue Minister G Karunakara Reddy without naming them and suggested that a CBI inquiry be ordered in the case of alleged illegal mining by them.

"The honourable governor of Karnataka is making such statements and indulging in activities beyond the purview of his constitutional powers," Kumar told reporters after the meeting.

"A Governor should not be acting in tandem with any political party, more so the Congress. We hope the President will take cognizance of the matter and give suitable advise to him," Kumar said.

Party sources said BJP is in favour of an inquiry by the Lokayukta or any authority at the state level but is wary of the CBI being involved.

The leaders decided to launch a counter-attack on the Congress and also take on the Governor, sources said.

"On the mining issue, the Central government should call a meeting of all states involved in mining and take a policy decision on how much mining should be permitted, whether value-addition should be done within the country and how much should be exported," a top BJP leader said.


First Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 19:00

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