Sanctioned planes, a wedding setting looking like a scene straight out of the Vijayanagara domain and a 50,000-in number list if people to attend. The garish wedding of disfavored mining aristocrat Gali Janardhana Reddy’s girl, Brahmani, would have cocked eyebrows whenever, yet coming as it did following eight days of demonetisation, it was national news.
The November 16, 2016 function is said to have cost anyplace between Rs 50 crore and Rs 500 crore, contingent upon whom you accept.
The unrestrained service was not only a showcase of riches, it was a flag that the previous BJP serve, the second of the three Reddy siblings of Bellary, was back. Three years in prison on defilement allegations had done little to lessen his clout or cash control, or if nothing else that was the expectation.
The rebound, notwithstanding, hasn’t gone to design.
On November 7, multi day after the decision Janata Dal (Secular)- Congress consolidate expelled the BJP from its Bellary stronghold 14 years on in a Lok Sabha bypoll, Janardhana was mysteriously gone. It was thought he had kept himself to his home after the stun crush yet acknowledgment before long unfolded that the 51-year-old was avoiding police, dreading capture in a Rs 500-crore Ponzi plot.
He was captured on November 11 and got safeguard three days after the fact. The case is the most recent in a heap of cases he and his two siblings confront.
Discussions and the Reddys — senior Gali Karunakara Reddy and the more youthful Somashekhara Reddy are BJP MLAs — are never too far separated. As far back as they rose on Karnataka’s political scene in 1999, they have been in the news, for the most part for the wrong reasons.
BJP, Olympics and ‘Republic of Bellary’
Offspring of a police constable, the Reddy siblings were conceived in Bellary. The siblings were little-known proprietors of an independent venture till Congress president Sonia Gandhi and senior BJP pioneer Sushma Swaraj conflicted in Bellary in the 1999 Lok Sabha decision.
The siblings knew which way the breeze was blowing and put their strength behind Swaraj. Sonia won, yet it was the BJP that came to control at the Center. The Reddys before long had Swaraj and other senior BJP pioneers on speed-dial.
Wealthy in iron mineral, Bellary saw a mining blast as China arranged to have the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Driven by Janardhana, the siblings utilized their clout to run a mining mafia, threatening the whole locale and mining organizations. The Republic of Bellary was ready for action.
Their cash and muscle control was for all to see when in 2006 they held hands with first-time MLA and JD(S) pioneer HD Kumaraswamy to topple the Congress government in the southern state. Janardhana was made a MLC and his companion, B Sriramulu, a priest.
Bellary is an innate overwhelmed area. The Reddys picked Sriramulu, a neighborhood, to charm the network however the power stayed with them.
The 2008 get together decision was maybe Janardhana’s best minute. He rushed to get the help of five Independent MLAs, guaranteeing the BJP crossed the midway stamp. BS Yeddyurappa turned into the central pastor of the BJP’s first government in a southern state and Janardhana was his travel industry and framework serve.
Digging for inconvenience
The bonhomie, in any case, didn’t last. The siblings turned into a steady wellspring of inconvenience for Yeddyurappa.
In July 2011, Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde presented a give an account of unlawful mining in Bellary, pegging the loss of income somewhere in the range of 2006 and 2010 at more than Rs 16,000 crore. The report arraigned Yeddyurappa, Janardhana and furthermore named around 800 authorities.
The administration crumbled. Janardhana, who supposedly made Rs 5,000 crore through illicit mining, confronted a few instances of defilement. He needed to put in three years in Hyderabad and Bengaluru imprisons and lashed out at the BJP administration when he was arranged out of the gathering.
After his discharge, Janardhana stayed under the radar, until his girl’s wedding. He was before long back in the BJP. While the two his siblings effectively challenged the current year’s get together decision, Bellary had slipped out of the hands of the BJP and additionally the Reddy siblings. The Congress won five of the nine seats in the areas.
Janardhana purportedly attempted to “purchase” the Congress and JD(S) MLAs as Yeddyurappa mixed to get the numbers in the House.
Sound chronicles of his supposed discussions with the resistance MLAs were made open by the Congress and JD(S) to humiliate the BJP, whose legislature fallen in 56 hours.
Janardhana trusted that the tempest will fade away and developed simply after by-decision for Bellary, a seat emptied by Sriramulu, was called.
Janardhana, banned him from entering the region by the Supreme Court, stayed outdoors in neighboring areas and coordinated the BJP’s battle. In any case, the nearby BJP pioneers fended off, with some notwithstanding saying he was not with the gathering. It profoundly vexed him.
His confinement was finished when he was captured on November 11 for purportedly tolerating gold worth Rs 18 crore from Syed Ahmed Fareed, a blamed in the Rs 500-crore Ponzi plot. He guaranteed to recover the Enforcement Directorate off Fareed’s, police say.
The state BJP has separated itself from Janardhana. The gathering feels he is of no utilization to it and has dumped him, say his associates.
There is even discuss him stopping the BJP. Be that as it may, Bellary, when a fief of the Reddys, has proceeded onward. With the Congress discovering its way back, the sun may at last be setting on the Reddy’s Republic of Bellary.