New Delhi: After charging Karnataka Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa of being a "partner in the loot" in
illegal mining in his state, Congress has asked the BJP
central leadership to explain their role in the contentious
The Congress` reaction comes in the wake of Yeddyurappa
giving a clean chit to the Reddy brothers after meeting senior
BJP leaders L K Advani and Sushma Swaraj.
"The Karnataka chief minister met central BJP leaders
and announced that two of his ministerial colleagues (Reddy
brothers) have nothing to do with illegal mining and would
remain in the Cabinet.
"I want to ask the BJP, how did Yeddyurappa get this
wisdom only after meeting central leaders like Sushma Swaraj
and others," party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told reporters
here, adding, "BJP central leadership should make it clear
what role they have in illegal mining."
Upping the ante against the BJP government in Karnataka,
AICC General Sectetary B K Hariprasad charged Yeddyurappa with
being a "partner in the loot".
"His (Yeddyurappa`s) statement is not befitting that of a
chief minister. He has spoken like an agent of the illegal
mining mafia. Last week, he had himself admitted that illegal
mining is going on in Karnataka and iron ore to the tune of 35
lakh tonnes was illegally exported from the state," Hariprasad
told reporters here.
He said after giving a statement on the extent of illegal
mining, Yeddyurappa is now giving a clean chit to those
involved in the scam.
"It is clear that he is getting a share in this loot,"
Asked whether there was a pressure on the Karnataka chief
minister, the Congress leader said, "there is no pressure on
him and he is a partner (in the illegal export)".
Hariprasad, who hails from Karnataka, said the state
Congress leaders will take up the issue at all levels.