Special Correspondent

For “threat” to continue mining even after suspension of licence

All the three are partners in the Obalapuram Mining Company

Yeddyurappa accused of indirect support to them

BANGALORE: Taking serious exception to Karnataka Tourism Minister G. Janardhan Reddy’s threat to continue mining even after the Centre’s direction to suspend the mining licence till the Survey of India determined the inter-State boundary between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the Janata Dal (Secular) has urged Governor Rameshwar Thakur to immediately dismiss Mr. Reddy, Revenue Minister G. Karunakar Reddy and Health Minister B. Sriramulu from the Cabinet.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, JD (S) leader K.E. Radhakrishna said Mr. Reddy’s decision to violate the Centre’s directive portended a threat to the country’s federal structure.

“By showing scant regard to the Centre’s direction, Mr. Reddy was disrespecting the Constitution,” he said and appealed to the Governor to intervene in the matter and sack not only Mr. Reddy, but also his ministerial colleagues Mr. Karunakar Reddy and Mr. Sriramulu, all of whom are partners in the Obalapuram Mining Company.

“Constitutional crisis”

“His [Chief Minister Yeddyurappa’s] silence in the matter indicates his indirect support to the errant Ministers,” Professor Radhakrishna said. “Hence, a constitutional crisis arising out of the Minister’s threat to continue mining can be averted by the Governor intervening in the matter and sacking the Ministers”, he said.

Professor Radhakrishna accused the Minister of displaying arrogance due to the “ill-gotten” wealth and the subsequent political power he had come to assume.