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Karnataka mining scam: Cong, JD-S continue dharna

Bangalore: Raising the pitch on the illegal mining scam, Opposition Congress and JD-S MLAs and MLCs spent the entire night in the Karnataka Assembly, seeking to mount pressure on the Yeddyurappa government to order a CBI inquiry into it.

After the helmet protest on Monday, MLAs and MLCs slept in the Assembly on Monday night.

“This is a thick-skinned government. The Yeddyurappa government is involved in the illegal mining”, Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah said as he came out of the ‘Vidhan Soudha’ for a morning stroll.

Noting that the Chief Minister himself has admitted to illegal mining to the tune of thousands of crores of rupees in the past seven yeas, he accused the government of failing to check plundering of iron ore.

“Those engaged in illegal mining are in his (Yeddyurappa’s) Cabinet. He (the Chief Minister) is giving them protection,” Siddaramaiah alleged.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said, “They (MLAs) are spoiling the sanctity of the House by using non-vegetarian food in the House, which is totally against the established tradition of the House”.

The Assembly has been rocked over the issue of illegal mining in the state for the past few days.

Opposition MLAs came to the Assembly on Monday wearing helmets, saying they had been threatened by the BJP’s legislators.

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