Press Esc to close
Sunday 01 May 2016
News updated at 5:15 PM IST
Weather
Max: 36.6°C
Min : 24.4°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
A model walls the ramp at a fashion event in Ludhiana on Saturday...

A model walls the ramp at a fashion event in Ludhiana on Saturday...

A view of the West of Chord road, Rajajinagar 1st block Fly-Over inaugurated by Chief Minister...

A view of the West of Chord road, Rajajinagar 1st block Fly-Over inaugurated by Chief Minister...

Vehicles passing through snow bound Zojila Pass, situated at a height of 11,516 feet, on its way...

Vehicles passing through snow bound Zojila Pass, situated at a height of 11,516 feet, on its way...

An Army jawan stands guard at Zojila Pass, situated at a height of 11,516 feet...

An Army jawan stands guard at Zojila Pass, situated at a height of 11,516 feet...

The first transgander Presiding Officer Ria Sarkar in front of a Polling Station during 5th phase...

The first transgander Presiding Officer Ria Sarkar in front of a Polling Station during 5th phase...

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar pays tribute...

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar pays tribute...

Aircraft of the British aerobatics team Global Stars perform during second day of the the three-day.

Aircraft of the British aerobatics team Global Stars perform during second day of the the three-day.

People are travelling in underground stretch of the Namma Metro between the Mysuru road station...

People are travelling in underground stretch of the Namma Metro between the Mysuru road station...

The high rider-ship was evident as large number of commuters were thronging the station...

The high rider-ship was evident as large number of commuters were thronging the station...

Cricketer Virat Kohli during inauguration of a store in Hyderabad on Friday...

Cricketer Virat Kohli during inauguration of a store in Hyderabad on Friday...