Illegal quarrying: CM expresses helplessness

BENGALURU: Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday morning in the heat of the moment expressed his helplessness over the illegal quarrying and use of explosives which claimed the lives of six people in Chikkaballapura.
Reacting to the incident, the second such case in a span of one month, Yediyurappa said the quarrying was illegal in nature and thus the government was exploring options to curb such activities.
However, when the media pressed the CM over the urgency to curb illegal quarrying and use of gelatin sticks for blasting which has claimed at least 10 lives in the two incidents of Shivamogga and Chikkaballapura, Yediyurappa lost his patience and said: “What can I do? Did we tell them to go and quarry there early in the morning? What would you (media) have done if you were in my position?”
Reacting to a statement by opposition leader Siddaramaiah over the government being unable to curb the menace of illegal quarrying and that the death of the six labourers was a result of the corrupt BJP government, Yediyurappa said: “Siddaramaiah’s job is to criticise and he will continue to do so. Let us not give much importance to his statements.”
Siddaramaiah and the Congress on Tuesday morning had charged the Yediyurappa government of having failed to curb the illegal quarrying menace and that the BJP government had forgotten about the issue after the Shivamogga incident amid its internal squabbles.
“The death of six innocent labourers is on account of the BJP government negligence. In one month time, the occurrence of two such incidents suggests that the CM B S Yediyurappa government had forgotten to reign-in the illegal quarrying amid its internal squabble,” said KPCC president D K Shivakumar.
The Congress party alleged that both the incidents had the involvement of BJP workers in Shivamogga and Chikkaballapura with no action being initiated against them.
To this, CM Yediyurappa said there is no reason to see which party the accused belong to when it comes to initiating action against culprits.
“It does not matter which party the culprits belong to. We will take stern action against them and ensure that such incidents do not repeat itself,” he said.

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