25 October, 2020

A Gold-Laden Ship: All Hands On The Deck!

Corruption in Karnataka is a deep-seated tradition. An accused incumbent needs only to point it out.

A Gold-Laden Ship: All Hands On The Deck!

Whenever Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa has been cornered with corruption charges vis-a-vis illegal mining or in land deals, he has pointed to the ill-doings of the Congress and JD(S) regimes. This has weakened the opposition’s moral position. Illegalities in mining and transportation of iron ore did not start with the BJP government. It began around 2000, when the S.M. Krishna-led Congress government was in power, and picked up steam during the Dharam Singh and H.D. Kumaraswamy regimes.

There have been allegations of the involvement of many Congress leaders and members of the Gowda family in mining and trading of iron ore. The Lokayukta’s interim report also points to encroachments on mining land by companies owned by Congress leaders like M.Y. Ghorpade, Allum Veerabhadrappa and H.G. Ramulu.

The close association of the Bellary Reddy brothers with former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and the fact that their official mining leases are all in Andhra Pradesh has often thrown up...



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