Reddy brothers got support from the BJP top brass

Independent Media

The Reddy Brothers are on a goodwill mission to New Delhi to renew their bonds with senior BJP leaders and make sure the controversy over their involvement in illegal mining, does not affect their image. Accompanying tourism minister Janardhan Reddy and revenue minister Karunakar Reddy on their visit on Friday was none other than their close associate, health minister B. Sreeramulu.

The three ministers preferred to go separately than accompany the chief minister who is also in the national capital with two other ministers — home minister Dr V.S. Acharya and law and parliamentary affairs minister, Suresh Kumar. Nor are they staying at Karnataka Bhavan where ministers put up during their visit to Delhi.

Sources in the Reddy camp said the three ministers met BJP leaders including leaders of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj and explained in detail how they were being targeted by the media and Opposition parties. They also reiterated their claim that they were not involved in illegal mining.

The visit betrays a feeling of insecurity among the Bellary troika about their future, said sources. It comes soon after a meeting organised for party MLAs at Mr Karunakar Reddy’s residence. The revenue minister had then confided to legislators close to him that no central leader except Ms Swaraj was backing them. The Reddys are expected to return by Saturday evening.


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