Monday, July 19, 2010
BJP must act against Bellary's Reddy brothers
The Central leadership of the Bhartiya Janta Party must ask Chief Minister of Karnataka B S Yeddurappa to drop Reddy brothers , who are in his Council of Ministers, for their alleged involvement in illegal mining controversy to save the party from further embarrassment in public. Otherwise, its so-called pledge to give Karnataka a clean administration will prove to be a complete falls promise. After Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyrappa gave clean chit to his Cabinet Ministers- the Reddy brothers- Janardan and Karunakara- in illegal mining controversy to save his government, it has become clear that the political clout of Reddy brothers are stronger and Chief Minister's action against them could destablise his government. It is also a well-acknowdged fact that the Reddy community is politically very dominant in the state. Reddy brothers have been accused of siphoning off about Rs 60,000 crore from illegal mining in the state by the opposition Congress and JD (S). They demand CBI enquiry into the mining scam. Yeddyrappa is heading the BJP government in the state. His party never gets tired of giving corruption free government to the people. But fearful of enquiry into accusations of exploiting national resorces by none other than the state Cabinet ministers. The issue of illegal mining is a great embarrassment for the Central leadership and this has put the party in a very poor light.Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa gave a clean chit to his cabinet ministers, the Reddy brothers, Janardhana and Karunakara in the illegal mining controversy. When Yeddurappa is convinced of the fact that Reddy brothers are not doing any illegal mining, why does he reject the opposition demand of CBI enquiry into the issue. As far as his party is concerned, its central leadership is also vertically divided into two groups. Senior most leader L K Advani and party president Nitin Gadkari are of the view that Reddy brothers should step down and CBI enquiry should be ordered. While Opposition leader Sushama Swaraj, Ananth Kumar and others are Considering Reddy brothers as political assets of the party in the state.The question here arises why the political parties in our country show hesitancy in action against corrupt members, especially it they have strong political influence in their constituency. There is no difference between the ruling and the opposition. If because of coalition compulsion, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has no option but to bear the charges corruption against his Communications Minister, the same is with BJP in Karanata where even party Central leadership has no guts to ask CM Yeddurappa to remove Reddy brothers from the Cabinet. But time is running out for BJP to act against Reddy brothers.