'No change in leadership'

Some legislators are ambitious and want position, alleges Eshwarappa

A man of contrasts, Eshwarappa who took over as party chief in January this year, is facing his biggest challenge yet. The rebel faction in the party has held the government to ransom.

At a meet the press organised jointly by Bangalore Reporters Guild and Press Club of Bangalore on Thursday, Eshwarappa ruled out change in leadership to bail out the government from the present turmoil. He said he was totally against dynastic politics and expressed confidence that the government will sail through the trust vote.
Excerpts from Thursday’s interaction with the media.

Q1. The reasons for the present crisis in the party?

Some legislators are ambitious and want position. They have expressed their view. The party is like a family and these things happen. We will solve it internally. Had we secured absolute majority in the Assembly polls we would not have faced the problem.

Q2. On the role played by the Opposition...

The Opposition is behaving irresponsibly by offering huge sums of money to our legislators to switch loyalty. Some members in the Opposition are dreaming of becoming CM, DyCM and Union Minister (does not spell out names). We will reveal the misdeeds of the Opposition once we win the trust vote.

Q3. On allegations that he is arrogant with legislators?

I believe in direct approach, which is often misinterpreted. When a legislator goes against party lines, he is hurting the sentiments of thousands of workers.

As a senior in the party, I indulge in straight talk for the good of the legislator. We have lost several legislators, who could have been assets to the party, by letting them take the wrong way.

Q4. On ministers who are Independent MLAs, being sacked in deference to the promise made to them?

Once the Independents became a part of the Government, they joined our family. However, they crossed their limits and had to be disciplined.

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