In BJP, Reddys are now shunned

Even the State BJP has done the same, at least for now. Neither the Reddys or their close associate B Sriramulu or any of the BJP MLAs from Bellary found place in the State Cabinet.
They have decided to lie low at least for the time being, and keep a close watch on the new dispensation, according to sources close to the former ministers.

Karunakara Reddy, Janardhana Reddy and B Sriramulu indicted in the Lokayukta report on illegal mining did not figure among the 21 members, who were re-inducted into the Cabinet on Monday.

Sources said though the Reddys have accepted their “fate” to a certain extent, they have taken “serious exception” to the decision to induct V Somanna into the Cabinet. Somanna’s family members had been indicted by the Lokayukta in the report on illegal mining.

The Reddys were understood to have been given an assurance by the BJP leadership that all those indicted in the Lokayukta report, directly or indirectly, would be kept out of the ministry.

It is only less than two years ago that the Reddy brothers tried to dislodge Yeddyurappa from the helm of affairs. Today, all the four main players of the leadership drama played out in November 2009, are no longer in power.

Given the unpredictable nature of the Reddys, the BJP state leadership is keeping their fingers crossed on their next move.

Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda gave a guarded reply to a query on the Reddy brothers being left out of the ministry. “This is only the first phase. There will be one more round of expansion. You can ask me the question after that,” he said.

Janardhana Reddy is in New Delhi. Karunakara Reddy and Sriramulu are in Bangalore, it is said.

Disappointment

The fact that all the ministers, who were inducted on Monday, served in the ministry of Yeddyurappa has disappointed new faces in both the camps in the BJP who were aspiring to get into the Cabinet.

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