Drop ministers involved in mining or quit, Congress tells Yeddyurappa

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa should either drop the ministers implicated in the mining scandal or resign from his position, said Leader of Opposition Siddaramiah.

Addressing a Congress rally against "failings of the BJP Government", he demanded that the State Government initiate a CBI inquiry on the alleged irregularities by the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) owned by Infrastructure Development and Tourism Minister G. Janardhan Reddy to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the lines of the decision made by the Andhra Pradesh Government.

There was "documentary proof beyond all reasonable doubt" on OMC flouting all norms, mining in reserve forests and tampering with the state border, he said.

It was "shameful" that the Chief Minister had recently not only claimed that there was no illegal mining happening in the State, but also said that his government was in power because of Reddy brothers. "The chief minister is willing for any compromise since his chair is shaky," said Mr. Siddaramiah.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President R.V. Deshpande said that if the chief minister does not initiate a CBI inquiry, it would mean that he is himself involved in the scandal.

Speaking about the formation of a co-ordination committee to manage the affairs of the government, he said that it was "an insult to his position as a chief minister and the people of Karnataka who had elected him."

The party will hold dharnas in 176 taluks all over Karnataka to highlight the same issues.

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