16 January, 2021

Iron, Ore And Rust

The Reddys purge was on, then came Sushma Swaraj’s offensive

Iron, Ore And Rust

Gali Janardhan Reddy, mining magnate and minister for tourism and infrastructure in the Karnataka BJP government, is unfazed. There’s been increasing clamour for his dismissal with allegations of illegal mining and other misadventures of the Bellary brothers pouring in but the man is digging his heels in. Refuting all allegations, Reddy even claimed that he is “purer than 24-carat gold”.

Sources in the BJP, sharing details of the party meetings held in New Delhi on July 17-18 to discuss what to do with the Reddys, said top leaders were caught in a dilemma: how does one dump the influential Reddys and still retain the first BJP government south of the Vindhyas? L.K. Advani reportedly had a clear strategy. He is learnt to have said that there is no point in saving the government and paying for it with the party’s image. He also apparently added that there was no need to wait for any probe to indict the Reddys as their sacking is more of a “political decision”.

Later, at the core committee meeting...



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