Press Esc to close
Sunday 24 May 2015
News updated at 8:38 PM IST
Weather
Max: 31.5°C
Min : 22.8°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Yeddyurappa's men in BJP skip 'chintan baithak'

Bangalore, Jan 5, 2013 DHNS:

Ministers loyal to B S Yeddyurappa in the Jagadish Shettar Cabinet stayed away from the “chitan baithak” organised by the BJP to prepare the State budget and gear up for the Assembly polls in Bangalore on Saturday.

Only 12 of the 31 ministers in the Shettar Cabinet attended the meeting held at a hotel on the outskirts of Bangalore. Prominent among those who remained absent from the meeting include Shobha Karandlaje, M P Renukacharya, V Somanna, Murgesh Nirani, Umesh Katti, Basavaraj Bommai, C M Udasi and Raju Gowda (all close to Yeddyurappa).
While no official reason was given for their absence, it was apparent that they were in a way showing their solidarity to the former chief minister. When contacted, Udasi said he was busy in his home district Haveri. “If I was in Bangalore, I would have attended the meeting,” he said.

BJP General Secretary Pralhad Joshi tried to downplay their absence by stating that the party took a decision to invite all ministers to the meeting late on Friday. “The communication must have reached them late. Also, ministers have other responsibilities to discharge,” he said. Joshi said Shettar will hold another meeting with these ministers if required.

Ministers Balachandra Jarkiholi, Anand Asnotikar, C P Yogeeshwara, Varthur Prakash, Anand Singh also stayed away from the function without citing any reason. While Jarkiholi was not available for comment, his aide said the minister was busy attending constituency related programmes in Arabhavi.

Joshi said several suggestions were made at the meeting on inclusion of populists scheme in the budget.

He also downplayed the threat by Yeddyurappa to dislodge the State government soon after Sankranti (January 14).

“The deadlines set by Yeddyurappa are being postponed by the day. It will extend till elections are announced,” he said.

Joshi expressed confidence that Shettar would present the State budget in February this year.

Replying to queries, Joshi said the party will take action against those MLAs who have identified with Yeddyurappa’s KJP but did not indicate any time frame for it.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Organically grown fruits and vegetables at ‘Pilikula Vasanthothsava’ at Pilikula in Mangaluru...

Organically grown fruits and vegetables at ‘Pilikula Vasanthothsava’ at Pilikula in Mangaluru...

Dr.Rajkumar's Statue Unveil at Gayathri (Rajaji) Nagar...

Dr.Rajkumar's Statue Unveil at Gayathri (Rajaji) Nagar...

An Indian man pours water on his face during a hot summer day in Hyderabad...

An Indian man pours water on his face during a hot summer day in Hyderabad...

A picture of late Pope's John Paul II is seen inside the Force India's Formula One car...

A picture of late Pope's John Paul II is seen inside the Force India's Formula One car...

Children seen carrying sand in cycle cart which collected from the road at Mysuru...

Children seen carrying sand in cycle cart which collected from the road at Mysuru...

A man shows a pair of turtles in Thane, Mumbai ...

A man shows a pair of turtles in Thane, Mumbai ...

A salesman helps a customer to select gold bangles at a jewelry showroom in Mumbai...

A salesman helps a customer to select gold bangles at a jewelry showroom in Mumbai...

A pair of Barbet bird sits on a tree in New Delhi on Sunday...

A pair of Barbet bird sits on a tree in New Delhi on Sunday...

People enjoying in a water park to beat the heat on a hot day in Bhopal on Sunday...

People enjoying in a water park to beat the heat on a hot day in Bhopal on Sunday...

An Indian man uses a hose to bathe his goat to provide relief from the heat in Hyderabad...

An Indian man uses a hose to bathe his goat to provide relief from the heat in Hyderabad...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523