Press Esc to close
Sunday 19 April 2015
News updated at 7:24 PM IST
Weather
Max: 33.4°C
Min : 21.6°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
Narendra Modi talking with BJP veteran LK Advani during 'Garib Kalyan Yojana',...

Narendra Modi talking with BJP veteran LK Advani during 'Garib Kalyan Yojana',...

A view of the Kedarnath Shrine before it reopens on April 24 for general public...

A view of the Kedarnath Shrine before it reopens on April 24 for general public...

Snowed down surroundings of Kedarnath Shrine before it reopens on April 24 for general public...

Snowed down surroundings of Kedarnath Shrine before it reopens on April 24 for general public...

Sania Mirza (C) with Prarthana G. Thombare (3rd from R) and other team members...

Sania Mirza (C) with Prarthana G. Thombare (3rd from R) and other team members...

VK Singh interacts with people rescued as part of Operation Raahat...

VK Singh interacts with people rescued as part of Operation Raahat...

Rahul Gandhi helps  Kiran Chaudhary off the stage after she stumbled and hurt herself...

Rahul Gandhi helps Kiran Chaudhary off the stage after she stumbled and hurt herself...

Sonia Gandhi talks to Rahul Gandhi on stage during the farmers rally...

Sonia Gandhi talks to Rahul Gandhi on stage during the farmers rally...

RJD chief Lalu Prasad during Prajapati Rajnitik Chetna Rally at Gandhi maidan in Patna...

RJD chief Lalu Prasad during Prajapati Rajnitik Chetna Rally at Gandhi maidan in Patna...

Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit at the Colors Leadership Awards 2015...

Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit at the Colors Leadership Awards 2015...

Young Buddhist Monks offer special prayers at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya...

Young Buddhist Monks offer special prayers at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya...

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