Minister Eshwarappa : Ready to resign if asked and happily serve Sanghatan

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Hubballi, Dec 29 : RDPR Minister KS Eshwarappa on Wednesday said he is ready to resign as minister and would happily work for the Sanghatan if BJP’s central leadership decides to remove senior ministers like him.

“If the party’s central leadership decides to remove some senior ministers like me, I am ready to resign. I will be very happy to serve the Sanghatan,” he told reporters here.

He was replying to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s Political Secretary MP Renukacharya’s appeal to three-time ministers to voluntarily resign and devote time for the Sanghatan (organization) in the runup to the state elections.

Further adding, Eshwarappa said the state party president Nalin Kumar Kateel has given responsibility of Backward Classes Morcha and future course of action will be chalked out in its executive committee meeting to be held on January 5 in Shivamogga.

Earlier, Renukacharya appealed to three-time ministers to voluntarily resign and devote time for organization, as most of the legislators are desiring a Gujarat-like revamp of the present cabinet.

The resignations will give an opportunity for new faces to become ministers and will boost the charisma of the party and the government, he said.

The issue has been discussed by MLAs and they are planning to meet senior party leaders, including party president and chief minister, to push for induction of new faces as ministers, Renukacharya said.

There, however, is no scope for the replacement of Basavaraj Bommai as chief minister, he said. “Bommai will continue as the chief minister,” he said.

Yesterday, former Union Minister and Senior BJP leader Basanagouda Patil Yatnal told reporters that cabinet revamping was imminent and strict action will be taken against those who make public statements on Bommai’s replacement as chief minister.

Replying to a query, Yatnal said the central leadership including Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the know-how of Karnataka BJP leaders speaking about Bommai’s replacement.

“The central leadership is aware of the developments in the party. Because, there are people who send paper cuttings and video clips to them. The central leadership including PM Narendra Modi are keeping an eye on those who talk about change of guard. This was told by Pralhad Joshi (Union Minister) in the meeting,” he said.

He further said, if any leader speaks about Bommai’s replacement, strict action will be taken against them.

Yatnal also said National BJP General Secretary Arun Singh and Joshi announced that Bommai will remain as the chief minister till the next election.


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