K'taka governor meets Prez Patil over mining row

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Pratibha Patil
New Delhi, Jul 13: As the illegal mining row in the state is getting uglier by the minute, Karnataka governor HR Bharadwaj on Tuesday, Jul 13 met President Pratibha Patil to apprise her on the issue.

Sources in the Rashtrapati Bhavan revealed that the governor, who was accompanied by his wife met the president over breakfast.

Mr Bharadwaj is understood to have given the president a briefing on the snowballing controversy over the illegal mining in the state.

He is also reported to have discussed the steps being taken by the Opposition leading to the row almost going into a crisis of sorts.

Opposition leaders disrupted the proceedings in both Houses of Karnataka Legislature on Monday, Jul 12. The Opposition leaders also stayed up for an all night protests at the state assembly.

Despite the Chief Minister, BS Yeddyurappa's repeated assertions that he will take the required steps to curb illegal mining the Opposition leaders have sought his resignation.

Besides this, the Congress and JD-S parties have also demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the matter.

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