Karnataka BJP MLA KS Eshwarappa Says Won’t Attend Assembly Till He Is Made Minister

Karnataka BJP MLA says he won't go to assembly till he becomes minister

Karnataka, which has 34 sanctioned ministerial posts, currently has only 28 ministers


Senior BJP lawmaker KS Eshwarappa on Monday said he would not attend the Assembly session until he was appointed as a minister.

Shivamogga MLA quit as Rural Development and Panchayat Raj minister earlier this year after Santosh Patil, a contractor from Belagavi, committed suicide in an Udupi hotel, alleging that he was demanding 40 per cent commission from the minister.

Mr. Eshwarappa told reporters that he is being denied the ministerial post despite the probe agency’s clean chit in the contractor’s suicide case.

The senior lawmaker said, however, that he would go to Belagavi when the legislature is in session, but would not attend.

“The purpose of going to Belagavi is to submit a letter to Assembly Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kage seeking permission not to attend the entire session,” said a visibly irritated Mr. Eshwarappa.

The senior BJP MLA said that those acquitted of the crime should not be punished.

“But, in my case, the verdict has come and the clean sheet has been given, but Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has told me ‘either today or tomorrow’ (I will be made a minister). The CM says he will appoint me as a minister and insists that people like me should be in the Cabinet, but I don’t know why I am not being included in the Cabinet,” Eshwarappa said.

He also claimed that he is receiving calls from his sympathizers across the state.

“People, workers and pontiffs from various ashrams across the state have asked me why I have not been made a minister yet. I also feel hurt and humiliated when they ask me sympathetically,” Eshwarappa said.

“I have started this humble protest of not attending the session with the sole purpose of making them (BJP leadership) understand,” he added.

Karnataka, which has 34 sanctioned ministerial posts, currently has only 28 ministers. Although the General Assembly elections are about four months away, there are many in the ruling BJP, including Mr. Eshwarappa, who are hoping to become ministers.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.)

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