CM forced to cancel Cabinet meet

Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda had to cancel the meeting he had convened with his Cabinet colleagues besides the core committee members, scheduled for Monday.

The reason for postponing the meeting to February 6 was not made clear by the party. But the chief minister, while interacting with the media, said the meeting was not held because some of the party leaders had to go to Puttur following the demise of Minister Shobha Karandlaje’s father.

A number of ministers are said to have told Gowda that they would not be able to attend the meeting as they were preoccupied with other engagements. Sources close to former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa said the meeting was postponed at the insistence of their leader. Yeddyurappa visited Tumkur to inaugurate a temple on Monday afternoon.

The cancellation of the meeting coincided with the Lokayukta police filing a report giving a clean chit to Yeddyurappa in the Upper Bhadra scam case.

The BJP has not convened the legislature party meeting too, which is usually held before or during the legislature session.

Supporters of Yeddyurappa had been claiming that a resolution would be passed in the legislature party meeting expressing support to Yeddyurappa and the same would be sent to the party central leadership.

Sources said that neither Gowda nor State BJP Party president K S Eshwarappa was keen on holding the meeting as some of the supporters of Yeddyurappa would have again placed their one-point agenda - to reinstate Yeddyurappa  chief minister. There should be no scope for any speculation or rumours when the session was on and hence, the senior leaders did not press for the meeting, it is said.

Eshwarappa, though he was in Bangalore, did not make it to the Legislative Assembly. But he was closeted with Gowda in the evening for a couple of hours.

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