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Cong attacks BJP over mining scam, says sack 2 ministers

delhi Updated: Mar 16, 2011 23:07 IST
HT Correspondent

Attacking BJP-ruled Karnataka for openly indulging in illegal mining of iron ore, the Congress on Wednesday alleged the involvement of two ministers in the BS Yeddyurappa government in such activities and demanded that they be sacked.

Speaking during the demands for grants of the mines ministry, Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam made a frontal attack against the controversial Karnataka CM, charging that Rs 27 crore had been deposited in a trust floated by his family.

Referring to the powerful Reddy brothers from Bellary, Nirupam told the BJP leadership: "You could not remove the chief minister, but if you want to uproot corruption in the country at least remove the two ministers."

Without naming anyone, Nirupam said: "The two brothers had been openly saying they would continue their loot in the state until their 'didi' or sister (referring to senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj) becomes the Prime Minister."

Neither of the brothers has appeared before court despite issuance of nine non-bailable warrants against them, he said.

He called upon the BJP leadership to ask the Karnataka government to initiate a transparent probe into the matter for the safeguard of natural resources as "illegal mining is a very serious issue".

Earlier in the day, the issue was raised by former PM and JD(S) member HD Dewe Gowda and Congress member Jagdambika Pal.

During zero hour, Gowda alleged that the Prerna Education Trust - floated by Yedyyurappa's family members - had got donations worth Rs 27 crore from various companies whose paid up capital was only Rs 1 crore.

Saying that a 'quid-pro-quo' was involved in the matter, Gowda said he had documents in his possession to establish this.

Making a counter attack, BJP members stormed the well of the house, demanding the sacking of a tainted Delhi minister.