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Karnataka Opposition calls Yeddyurappa ‘a goonda CM’

Bangalore: Politics discourse hit a new low in Karnataka with Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah publicly calling BS Yeddyurappa a ‘goonda Chief Minister’ on Wednesday.

Siddaramaiah’s outburst came after the Assembly was adjourned by the Speaker even as the Opposition Congress and JDS MLAs continued their dharna, overnight, to mount pressure on the BJP government to order a CBI inquiry into the alleged illegal mining scam.

An unfazed Yeddyurappa government has ruled out the CBI probe, while the opposition is firm on it, resulting in the impasse.

Members of the Congress and JDS have closed their ranks in pushing for a CBI probe, and their bonhomie was quite evident as they try to put the BJP Government on the mat.

They spent their second straight night on the premises of the Assembly, sleeping inside the House and in the lobby, as the issue snowballed.

JDS leader H D Revanna, son of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, described the “plundering” of iron ore in the past seven years as an “Rs 20,000 crore scam”.

Yeddyurappa had earlier admitted in the Assembly that more than three crore tons of iron ore were illegally shipped out from Karnataka ports in the last seven years, including over one crore tones in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 period (when his own government was in office).

Earlier, Siddaramaiah claimed that the illegeal mining scam is the biggest scam in Karnataka’s history.

Had the Government acted on the Lokayukta report on illegal mining submitted more than one-and-half years ago, there would not have been loss to such a large extent in the past two years, he argued.

Siddaramiah said the Chief Minister himself had admitted that he was helpless in stopping illegal mining. “If he (Yeddyurappa) says he can’t stop illegal mining, who will protect the interests of the State?” he opined.

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