State president of Karnataka Janata Paksha B.S. Yeddyurappa has said that neither he nor his children indulged in illegal mining but “my own people conspired against me and made me stand as an accused and forced me to step down from the Chief Minister’s post”.

Participating in a Dasara programme here on Sunday evening, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that he was the one who brought up the issue of illegal mining with the Prime Minister at a meeting of the National Development Board and explained how rich natural resources were being looted, while seeking to impose restrictions on the export of iron ore.

He said that he had ordered the then Lokayukta Santosh Hegde to conduct an inquiry into illegal mining and submit a report to the government but he was made an accused.

He said that 52 mining companies were closed down because of his decision he had taken during his tenure as Chief Minister. He said that now the truth is coming out and they will all go to prison. He said that he had launched pro-people schemes which added to his popularity. This, he said, made Bharatiya Janata Party leaders jealous and “they conspired against me and forced me to step down” from the Chief Minister’s post.

The former Minister Shobha Karandlaje, MP G.S. Basavaraju, MLC Bharathi Shetty, leaders of KJP M.D. Lakshminarayana, Jyothi Ganesh and Hebbaka Ravi were present.

My own people conspired against me and forced me to step down, says Yeddyurappa