Yeddyurappa must step down: Siddaramaiah

The Congress leader alleged that the chief minister also failed to dismiss his cabinet colleagues who are allegedly involved in mining irregularities.
Speaking to reporters, he called for filing criminal cases against mining magnates and Ministers Janardhana Reddy and his brother Karunakara Reddy and their associates for "violating" rules and causing loss to the state exchequer through "illegal mining, encroachment and construction of unauthorised roads."
Alleging that Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) owned by the Reddy brothers was involved in violating the norms, he demanded strict action against the firm.
Hitting out at Yeddyurappa, he said "He should own responsibility and resign. He has failed to discharge his constitutional duty" of protecting the state's natural wealth.
On state government's decision to request the Centre to order a CBI probe into the mining leases granted to OMC, Siddaramaiah said the probe could not be a "comprehensive one" till "the Karnataka aspect where the company had flouted laws was included".
"Let them prove their innocence before the CBI," he dared, referring to Reddy brothers' claim that they had not violated any rules. P

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