Protests over Min­istry re­jig not un­der my con­trol: Ra­ma­linga Reddy

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Ben­galuru: Kar­nataka Congress MLA Ra­ma­linga Reddy, a miffed min­is­te­rial as­pi­rant, on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 25 sought to dis­tance him­self from the protests by his sup­port­ers seek­ing his in­duc­tion in the H D Ku­maraswamy cabi­net, say­ing they were not un­der his con­trol.

“The protesters are not in our con­trol. Our sup­port­ers some­times don’t lis­ten to me also,” he told re­porters af­ter meet­ing for­mer Chief Min­is­ter Sid­dara­ma­iah at his res­i­dence here. Reddy, how­ever, said he had warned his sup­port­ers and dis­missed re­ports about BJP lead­ers be­ing in touch with him.

Sup­port­ers of Reddy, Home min­is­ter in the pre­vi­ous Sid­dara­ma­iah gov­ern­ment, staged protests in the past cou­ple of days af­ter he was de­nied a min­is­te­rial berth in the much-awaited ex­pan­sion of the six-month-old Congress-JD(S) coali­tion gov­ern­ment on De­cem­ber 22.

Be­sides Reddy, sev­eral other se­nior Congress MLAs are upset over their ex­clu­sion in the Cabi­net ex­pan­sion and have come out openly to give vent to their anger.

Re­ply­ing to a ques­tion, Reddy said he had never asked for a cabi­net berth, but brought to the no­tice of the lead­ers the “sense of dis­crim­i­na­tion” among his sup­port­ers. A few of his sup­port­ers, who also are cor­po­ra­tors of the Bruhat Ben­galuru Ma­hana­gara Pa­like, have threat­ened to quit the Congress if Reddy was not made a min­is­ter.

“No­body will re­sign. I told them not to go to the press also. Be­cause of en­thu­si­asm, they went to the press. To­day (Tues­day) Morn­ing also, I warned our peo­ple,” he said.

Amidst re­ports that some BJP lead­ers were in touch with him, Reddy said, “No­body from the BJP has been in touch with me, ex­cept in the morn­ing, Ye­la­hanka MLA Viswanath vis­ited my house to in­vite me for his son’s wed­ding, that’s all.”

Re­ply­ing to an­other query, Reddy said he was not join­ing the BJP and added he would like to see the next prime min­is­ter from the Congress.

“No no, why I should be join­ing BJP? I am a strong sup­porter of Congress. My am­bi­tion is to see the next prime min­is­ter from our party hoist­ing the flag on Au­gust 15,” he said.

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