No dis­con­tent in Congress Sid­dara­ma­iah after cab­i­net re­jig

Sid­dara­ma­iah after cab­i­net re­jig

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Ben­galuru: Amid grow­ing dis­sent in the Congress fol­low­ing the Kar­nataka cab­i­net re­jig a day ago, for­mer chief minister Sid­dara­ma­iah on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 23 set aside any re­bel­lion in the party. Two leg­is­la­tors, Ramesh Jark­i­holi and In­de­pen­dent R Shankar, were dropped in Satur­day’s cab­i­net ex­pan­sion. Ramesh’s brother, Satish Jark­i­holi, M B Patil and six oth­ers were in­ducted.

In an ap­par­ent bid to con­tain dis­si­dence, Chief Minister H D Ku­maraswamy-led coali­tion govern­ment ap­pointed nine par­lia­men­tary sec­re­taries and made 19 MLAs chair­per­sons of var­i­ous boards and cor­po­ra­tions.

A day after be­ing dropped, Be­la­gavi strong­man Ramesh Jark­i­holi has gone into hi­ber­na­tion, much to the dis­com­fort of the Con­gressJanata Dal (Sec­u­lar) govern­ment.

An au­dio clip has sur­faced, where the Gokak MLA pur­port­edly said he and oth­ers would re­sign and peo­ple would get to see the changes within a week.

Sid­dara­ma­iah, who is a co­or­di­na­tor of the rul­ing coali­tion, ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of any

We have no con­nec­tion with the de­vel­op­ments hap­pen­ing in the Congress. It’s up to them to keep their flocks to­gether. We will not con­tact any­body so long as they (MLAs) are in the Congress, but ev­ery­body is wel­come who­ever wishes to join us ac­cept­ing out party and ide­ol­ogy.

- Shobha Karand­laje BJP MP

MLAs re­sign­ing.

Jark­i­holi, who had been un­happy ever since the coali­tion govern­ment took over, is learnt to have con­ducted a meet­ing with his con­fi­dant MLAs to de­cide his fu­ture course of ac­tion. He was not avail­able for com­ments

I have been de­nied a post for be­ing se­nior. If that was the pa­ram­e­ter for not mak­ing me minister, then why that is not ap­pli­ca­ble to Paramesh­wara DCM.

- Ramesh Jarak­i­holi Congress MLA

de­spite sev­eral calls and mes­sages to him.

More vo­cal with the de­nial of the min­is­te­rial berth was Congress MLA R Ra­ma­linga Reddy, who al­leged that in­jus­tice was meted out to him.

D K Shivaku­mar (water re­source minister), Kr­ishna Byre­gowda (law and pan­chayat minister) and a few oth­ers?” an up­set Reddy told

Reddy even claimed that there were four peo­ple who took the de­ci­sion of drop­ping him. Sid­dara­ma­iah trashed the charge, say­ing the de­ci­sion was solely taken by the Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi.

An­other dis­grun­tled voice came from Chikka­bal­la­pur MLA Dr K Sud­hakar. “I feel that few dis­tricts are over-rep­re­sented, while few have been un­rep­re­sented. Es­pe­cially on the part of the Congress, Vokkali­gas (a dom­i­nant com­mu­nity) have been left out. The Vokkaliga com­mu­nity has not got its due share, what it has sup­posed to get in the min­istry.”

While clar­i­fy­ing that he was a Congress loy­al­ist, Sud­hakar was of the opin­ion that the party can­not af­ford to have a dis­grun­tled Ramesh Jark­i­holi and felt that its fall­out would be se­ri­ous.

To cash in on the rum­blings in the Congress, the BJP said its doors were open to re­ceive any­body will­ing to em­brace its party and ide­ol­ogy.

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