Speaking to reporters in Vijayapura,Yatnal, who had stated that he did not want to become Minister under Yediyurappa, claimed three people who are blackmailing the CM had met him four months ago with a plan to depose Yediyurappa.
“I challenge you (Yediyurappa) ahead of Makara Sankranti that from Uttarayana your (political) end will begin and a new period will start under PM Modi in Karnataka,” he said, as he demanded Yediyurappa’s resignation following High Court dismissing his petition seeking quashing of FIRs against him in an illegal land denotification case.
His statement comes despite warnings by the BJP leadership against making statements in public on issues relating to the party and leaders.
Also making a reference to blackmail,Ministerial aspirant and MLC A H Vishwanth, who was among MLAs from the Congress- JD(S) coalition to resign in 2019 and switched over to BJP, hit out at Yediyurappa for not keeping his promise.
Demanding to know why Excise Minister H Nagesh was being dropped and RR Nagar MLA Munirathna was not inducted, he said, “it is because of their sacrifice you are CM today…instead, you are making Yogeshwar a Minister, who has fraud and cheating cases against him.
Why are you making him Minister, is he blackmailing you?”, he asked.
Honnali MLA and Chief Minister’s Political Secretary M P Renukacharya, another ministerial aspirant, has expressed his displeasure, stating that the government was limited to two districts and that the CM and party leaders have to look into it.
“Injustice has happened to Hyderabad Karnataka, central and coastal Karnataka regions.
It (government or cabinet) is limited to Bengaluru and Belagavi….I’m upset, to whom should I tell this,” he told reporters, adding that he has never lobbied for a Ministerial post and cannot set aside his self-respect.
Considered a Yediyurappa loyalist, Renukacharya, who met party General Secretary in-charge of the state Arun Kumar on his arrival at the airport today, also expressed reservations about five MLCs in the cabinet.
“We have been elected by the people (As MLAs), what’s the use?”
Six time MLA G H Thippareddy, who represents Chitradurga constituency and has been sulking for some time now said he feels “let down” after being in politics for five decades and as legislator for 30 years, as he did not get an opportunity to serve the people as Minister.
Expressing surprise over MLC Yogeshwar being named as Minister, he said more than half the Ministers in the cabinet are either from Bengaluru or Belagavi and that some who worked against the interest of the party during elections have also been made ministers.
With the induction of Limbavali, Yediyurappas Cabinet will now have eight ministers representing Bengaluru, followed by Belgavi five, with the induction of Katti.
Bommanahalli MLA M Satish Reddy asked what yardstick Yediyurappa had adopted in selection of Ministers and said the absence of late Union Minister Ananthkumar, “who had an ear for our woes – is very clear.”
“…you (Yediurappa), state and central leaders can’t see honest young workers?” he questioned.
Senior MLA from Krishnaraja constituency S A Ramadass said he has been serving the party for 28 years.
“Injustice has happened to old Mysuru region. Any other party MLA from the Mysuru could have been made Minister.”
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