Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said today that “merciless” action will be taken against those involved in illegal acts which led to a quarry explosion in Chikkaballapura killing six people.
“What would you have done if you were in my shoes?” he said when asked why the government was not alert following a similar explosion in Shivamogga’s quarry last month, killing an equal number of people.
“What can you or me do?” What would you have done if you were in my shoes? Tell me. Did we ask them to do things early in the morning? Retorted Mr. Yediyurappa.
Responding to the Chief Minister’s statement, State Congress President DK Shivakumar said: “If you (CM) can’t do anything, resign, let’s go before the people”.
Six people were killed when gelatin sticks they were trying to dispose of accidentally exploded at the site of a stone quarry in a village in Karnataka’s Chikkaballapura district early this morning.
When asked about Opposition Leader Siddaramaiah’s statement accusing the government of not taking strong action, Yediyurappa said, “Siddaramaiah is only here to lay charges, don’t worry about him. Anyone who is involved in illegal activities, we will take ruthless action. “
“Let him also make suggestions, we will act.”
Stating that Interior Minister Basavaraj Bommai and officials visited and provided an update, Yediyurappa said “this is the second such incident … it happened illegally” .
When asked about Congress accusing BJP leaders of involvement in the mining and illegal quarrying that led to the explosion in Shivamogga and Chillaballapura, the chief minister said: “There is no question of no party or group. “
“Who makes which allegations is not important, we should have sympathy for those who have died and such incidents should not happen again. Whoever is behind this, action will be taken according to the law.”
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