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The Castle, The Moving Forest

Political clout in both Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh has helped the Reddy’s business interests

The Castle, The Moving Forest

If the Brothers Reddy were to pen their memoirs, its title could well be ‘How to Butter your Bread on Both Sides and Eat It Too’. Reason: while the Reddys, children of a police constable, are seen as the moneybags propping up B.S. Yediyurappa’s BJP regime in Karnataka, they’re also accused of being business partners with Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s Congress dispensation in AP.

It was after Yediyurappa fell short of the required halfway mark of 113 in the assembly polls last year that they sprang into prominence. They were seen to be the brains behind the move to get victorious Congress and JD(S) MLAs to resign and contest afresh as BJP candidates. The move gave Yediyurappa’s government much-needed stability but at a price. Soon after the Lok Sabha polls, the brothers mounted a barely-concealed attempt to extract their pound of flesh. In the end, a rapprochement was reached, with the government dropping cases against them.

In AP, the Reddys were allotted over 10,000 acres in 2007 for the first phase...



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