Bangalore, May 30 (ANI): Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa today said that the induction of Reddy brothers in the cabinet was taken after consultation with senior party leaders.
"As the Chief Minister, I consulted senior leaders and then inducted them into the Cabinet and for that I am responsible and nobody else," told reporters here.
In the wake of a controversy over senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj's remarks about the Reddy brothers, Yeddyurappa had on Saturday said the decision to give ministerial berths to them was his own.
Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj had in an interview to Outlook magazine said: "I have no hand in the political making of Bellary brothers...I had nothing to do with making them ministers or building up their stature as political leaders...When the Bellary brothers were made ministers, Jaitleyji (Arun Jaitley) was the prabhari (in charge) and Yeddyurappa was CM. I was opposed to their appointment as ministers but they (Jaitley, Yeddyurappa, Ananth Kumar) had some political compulsions."
Swaraj's reported remarks are being seen by some as blaming BJP leader Arun Jaitley for the inclusion of the 'tainted' Reddy brothers, Janardhana and Karunakara, whose names had figured in a mining scandal. (ANI)