July 14, 2010
Bangalore: The sleep by the Opposition Congress and JD(S) in the Karnataka Assembly in demand for a CBI investigation into illegal mining scam which involved Reddy’s brother continues for the third night. It seems as if the protesting MLAs are actually enjoying it. All seem to be in the best of their spirits and few of them even tried their singing qualities.
H R Bhardwaj the Governor is leading the charge against the brothers. The state tourism minister G Janardhana Reddy with his brother Revenue Minister G Karunakara Reddy together with the governor wants the brothers sacked.
The ante of the meeting was increased when Home Minister and Prime Minister on the issue commented on the issue. In the meeting, it is believed that Bhardwaj discussed the ways in which the influence of the Reddy brothers was increasing. Also discussed was how they exploited their position in the Cabinet and that their illegal mining activities were leading in deterioration to the rule of law in the state.
However the Centre’s keen interest in the Karnataka politics has some deeper reasons. The Reddy brothers are not just Karnataka players. The real concern of the Congress is Reddy’s support that is extending to elements that are creating trouble for its Andhra government. For now the plan seems to be to insulate its government in Andhra Pradesh against any such attack and a shaky BJP government in the state can be said to be a bonus.
It seems that the BJP is trapped in between and cannot move either way. These protests have actually united the Congress & the JD(S), but any action for the powerful Reddys can well lead to a split in party’s state unit. Thus it has been decided by the party’s core group to wait and watch keeping the decision for taking any action against the Reddy’s on hold.