S.R. Hiremath of the Samaj Parivartan Samudaya (SPS) has urged political parties not to field any candidate connected with or involved in illegal mining and related activities.
Addressing presspersons here, he said several people in major political parties, such as H.D. Kumaraswamy, former Chief Minister, and P.G.R. Sindia from the Janata Dal (Secular); D.K. Shivakumar; the Lad brothers; Shivaram Hebbar; Abdul Wahab of the Congress; and G. Karunakar Reddy, V. Somanna and Murgesh Nirani, Minister for Industries, from the Bharatiya Janata Party, wanted to contest elections to the Assembly.
As part of the ‘matadarara jagruti jatha’ organised by the Jan Sangram Parishad and the National Committee for the Protection of Natural Resources, Sonia Gandhi, president of the All-India Congress Committee; G. Parameshwara, KPCC president; H.D. Deve Gowda, former Prime Minister and JD(S) national president; and Rajnath Singh and Prahlad Joshi of BJP have been asked not to field these candidates in view of their involvement in illegal mining.
The parishad will also oppose persons connected with illegal mining activities who plan to contest as Independents, he said. He named B. Nagendra, Kudligi MLA, and B.S. Anand Singh, Minister for Tourism, who are being investigated by the CBI for their alleged involvement in the illegal mining, transportation and export of iron ore from Belikeri port, as being likely to do so.
‘We will also oppose any such person who plans to contest as