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The Hindu reports the continuing links between the BJP and the Bellary Reddys:

In a Cabinet expansion in less than four days of the formation of his Council of Ministers, Karnataka Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Thursday inducted five more MLAs into his Cabinet.

The Cabinet expansion, however, is not expected to bring in much cheer to many BJP legislators who have been aspiring to get ministerial berths.

The Bellary brothers G. Janardhan Reddy and G. Karunakara Reddy, mining magnates, expectedly, were not inducted. They have, however, stepped up their claim and are keen that at least B. Sriramulu (their business associate and member of the Assembly) be inducted.

It is believed that the BJP’s central leadership has decided to take a call on their demand at a later date than turning down their request at present. Incidentally, party president Nitin Gadkari will be in Bellary on Friday to attend a private programme hosted by the Reddy brothers and Mr. Sriramulu.

It made sense for the party to get rid of Yeddyurappa when the Karnataka Lokayukta made it clear how deeply corrupt was the first BJP government in the south. The party was trying to position itself as a clean alternative to the Congress, after all. However, the back-channel attempt to keep the Reddy brothers of Bellary in good humour does lend credence to the accusation that the BJP was powered into the government through a quid-pro-quo.


Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

August 12, 2011 at 3:54 am

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  1. […] inducted one of the Bellary bandits, Janardhana Reddy, into his ministry. The new chief minister, Sadananda Gowda did not take Reddy back into the cabinet, although there were discussions on including a close colleague, B. Sriramulu, in […]

  2. […] Mr. P. V. Narasimha Rao ever was. The exploitative and corrupt Indian state, exemplified by the Bellary Brotherhood, was not invented by Rao, but he did perfect it. Mr. Manmohan Singh is not up to the job of […]

  3. […] induction of one of them, G. Janardhana Reddy, into the cabinet, and its successor’s soft handling of the brothers seemed to lend credence to the theories of alleged quids-pro-quo between the brothers and the BJP. […]

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