Sushma Swaraj rejects Reddy Bros invitation to attend pooja

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Bangalore, Aug 11: BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, who is seen as a "mother figure" to the Reddy brothers, has informed them that she would be unable to attend the yearly Varalakshmi pooja that takes place at their residence.

Swaraj has been attending the yearly pooja at the residence of Bellary brother for years together. Speculations are rife that since the brothers have been indicted in the illegal mining scam by the Lokayukta, Swaraj has preferred to maintain distance from them.

The same has also cost BS Yeddyurappa, ex-chief minister his job along with Janardhan Reddy, Somashekhara and Karunakara Reddy, HD Kumaraswamy, all being indicted in the illegal land mining scam.

It is not to be forgotten that Sriramulu, close aide of Reddy brothers helped Swaraj run an election campaign in 1999 against Sonia Gandhi for the Lok Sabha seat in Bellary. It was after that Swaraj attended Varalakshmi pooja held every year in Karnataka.

After the reports of the brothers involved the mining scam came out in open, the BJP leader had said that she had nothing to do with the Reddy's inclusion in the BSY cabinet. The Reddy's were also excluded from the Gowda cabinet after he took over the office. Seeing red, Janardhan Reddy who was in Delhi recently in a meeting with the BJP Presidnet Nitin Gadkari demanded that they be given power.

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