B Sriramulu, who’s reportedly unhappy over being given transport and ST welfare portfolios, said on Monday that he was hoping to be the deputy CM and continue to helm the social welfare department, which he had held in the previous BS Yediyurappa cabinet. “But that has not happened. I’m confident that the leadership will do justice in the coming days,” he said.
Former minister and senior MLA SA Ramdas, who was also among the hopefuls for a berth, did not make himself available to welcome chief minister Basavaraj Bommai when he visited Mysuru for the first time. He also skipped the meeting chaired by Bommai to take stock of the Covid situation in the district.
Ramdas also expressed disappointment over his non-inclusion in a sarcastic tweet. “Congratulations to the new ministers who have built and developed the party and qualified for the position. I hope and believe you strive to make Karnataka No. One state in the state. Let Chamundeshwari bless you all,” Ramdas said, taking a dig at the new party entrants. When asked why he stayed away from the CM’s programmes, Ramdas said he would write to Bommai explaining the reason. He claimed his name was in the list of ‘to-be ministers’, but was dropped at the last minute following a call from a senior functionary.
Bommanahalli MLA M Satish Reddy also flayed the party for giving posts to “outsiders’’ while ignoring loyal party workers.
Supporters take out rally:
Supporters of Madikeri MLA Appachhu Ranjan took out a rally, demanding his inclusion in the cabinet. The four-time MLA has been making efforts to become minister ever since the BJP came to power in 2019.
Meanwhile, supporters of Raibag MLA Duryodhan Aihole held a press conference and demanded a cabinet berth for their leader. Duryodhan is a three-time MLA from Raibag in Belagavi.
Balachandra Jarkiholi plans meeting:
Several disgruntled legislators are likely to hold a meeting led by Balachandra Jarkiholi in Bengaluru on Tuesday, sources said. Balachandra was expecting a ministerial berth in lieu of his brother Ramesh Jarkiholi as the latter has not yet got a clean chit in the sex CD case. Sources said Balachandra might not push for his inclusion but for R Shankar and Shrimant Patil, the two turncoat MLAs.
Former minister CP Yogeeshwara is reportedly in Delhi to meet the central leadership. Sources said Ramesh Jarkiholi will soon fly to Delhi to meet the leadership over denying berths to migrant MLAs who helped BJP form the government in 2019.
Ministers Anand Singh and MTB Nagaraj who are also unhappy over tourism and municipal administration ministries allotted to them, respectively, had met the CM on Sunday to express their displeasure.