With the BJP leadership said to be weighing its options including asking the Reddy brothers to step down as ministers to repair its image dented by the illegal mining controversy in Karnataka,Tourism Minister G Janardhan Reddy and G Karunakar Reddy on Sunday rushed to Delhi and met top leaders.
After meeting Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj,who is known to be close to the Bellary brothers,the Reddys appeared defiant vowing to counter the false propaganda although the party is said to be considering some measures to boost its image.
The options being talked about include changing the portfolios of the Reddy brothers or downsizing their presence in the state Cabinet. After meeting Swaraj,Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa,however,asserted that the Reddy brothers were in no way responsible for illegal mining and they need not resign.
L K Advani had on Saturday stressed that the image of the party in Karnataka its first and only government in the south was the priority. Sources said the view is being shared by many leaders.
Yeddyurappa said his government was ready for a thorough probe by the Lok Ayukta into all cases of illegal mining issue since 2002-03. Giving a clean chit to Janardhan and Karunakar Reddy,he said there was no proof against the brothers and hence the question of taking action against them did not arise.
101 per cent. There is no charge against them. There is no evidence against them. Let them (Opposition) approach the high court, Yeddyurappa said when asked if he
was giving a clean chit to the Reddy brothers.
There is no proof, he added.
Janardhan Reddy is expected to meet the media on Monday.
Sources close to the Reddy brothers said they are expected to make some disclosures. The Reddy brothers are going to clarify their stand and how the Congress and JD(S) are targeting them unnecessarily without documents or any charges, Yeddyurappa said.
Yeddyurappa would write to Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde on Monday to investigate all cases of illegal mining from 2002-03 till date.