Hyderabad, May 31: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday denied that there was any rift in the party over the tainted Reddy brothers being inducted as ministers in the Karnataka Government.
Addressing media persons here, she said these allegations regarding the rift were unnecessary.
She said both Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yeddyurappa and former BJP president Rajnath Singh had issued statements that they were consulted about the Reddys inclusion in the state council of ministers.
Last week, Swaraj had stirred up controversy by saying that it was the decision of senior BJP leaders like Arun Jaitley, B S Yeddyurappa, M Venkaiah Naidu and Ananth Kumar to induct the Reddy brothers of Bellary, who have been accused of illegal mining – G Janardhan and G Karunakara and G Somashekhara into the Karnataka Cabinet.
Swaraj was in Andhra Pradesh to lead a rally from the Twin Cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad to Karimnagar for the ‘Telangana Poru’.
At Karimanagar she will address a public gathering of around 100,000 people and ask them to intensify the Telangana movement and pressurise the ruling federal government into introducing the Telangana Bill in the next session of Parliament.
“In this monsoon session, we would like that the government introduces the Bill on Telangana and we have also said earlier that the NDA will support the Bill and if the NDA and Congress both support it, then the Bill would be passed. So, we do hope that the Telangana Bill gets passed in the monsoon session of the Parliament,” added Sushma Swaraj.
Further she noted that the BJP would support the Telangana Bill in the Parliament and wished the federal ruling Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance endorses it.
Recently, the BJP had slammed the ruling Congress party for not making any concrete decision on the issue of bifurcation in the Telangana region of southern India’s Andhra Pradesh state, at a round table discussion on the ‘Secret Chapter’ of Justice Srikrishna Report. (ANI)