The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the corruption accused mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy’s plea to campaign for the BJP candidate in Bellari. Janardhan’s elder brother, G Somashekhara Reddy, is contesting on a BJP ticket from here. Reddy had asked the top court to allow him to campaign for two days for the 12 May assembly elections.
Janardhan Reddy was jailed for corruption. He was granted bail in 2015 on a condition that he will not enter Bellari. He’s currently camping near Molakalmuru in Chitradurga district overseeing the campaign of his siblings as also the BJP, which is making a determined effort to form its government in the key southern state for a second time.
The Reddy brothers are facing charges of corruption worth thousands of crores for running illegal running rackets during the BJP government in the state between 2008 and 2013. They were accused of exported iron ore worth Rs 16,000 crore out of India in connivance with their contacts in the BJP-led government.
BJP President Amit Shah had recently said that his party had nothing to do with Janardhan Reddy while BS Yedyurappa, the saffron party’s chief ministerial candidate, had said that he was only ‘helping out.’
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had recently taken a potshot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Janardhan Reddy with a series of tweets. Using a hashtag #AnswerMaadiModi, he had asked, “Would G Janardhan Reddy be joining your rallies here? You have given his family & friends 8 tickets, hoping it will help BJP in 10-15 seats. And then, you lecture us on corruption. Please end this hypocrisy. Kannadigas aren’t wearing Kamala on their ears.”
Karnataka goes to polls on 12 May and the counting will take place on 15 May.