I have not asked for any portfolio: C T Ravi

Party High Command to decide on the district-in-charge minister

The rebellion attitude has become part and parcel of the political system. The ‘error’ done in the initial days has grown beyond control. If the rebels were blackmailers were nipped in the bud, today the party would not have reached its present situation, opined newly appointed minister and BJP state general secretary C T Ravi.

Speaking to media persons after visiting Inam Dattatreya Peeta here on Saturday, he said “the BJP High Command committed a mistake by succumbing to the pressure from the rebellious group, when B S Yeddyurappa was the chief minister. There is a need to check rebels within the party. The BJP should increase its immunity power. I can not say that there was no blackmail tactics used during the extension of the Cabinet this time.” 

“The Cabinet berth was given to those who have been with the Party since the beginning. Those who were denied can express their views in this democratic system,” he said. 

“I have not asked for any portfolio. I do not have any interest in minting money. I want a portfolio which will help me to work with the people, which will in turn help the party.

There are two ministers in the district. It is left to the Party High Command to decide on the district-in-charge minister,” he said. Reacting to Governor’s remarks on tainted ministers, he said “It was media which projected me as a tainted person. There are allegations against the Governor as well. All those who have allegations are not accused. The Lokayukta police have filed B report against me twice. All the allegations against me are false,” he clarified.

It was the Datta peeta mukthi Andolana which gave a new direction to the BJP in Chikmagalur.

“The issue related to Datta Peeta should be disposed in the Supreme Court. Truth should come out. We want a Hindu priest in Datta Peeta,” he said. 

“The work on development of Peeta is getting delayed. The work on yathri nivas, bus shelter, vehicle parking, concreting of the road and beautification of Manikyadhara have been delayed. If the contractor failed to start the work, then we will blacklist the contractor. It has been decided to take up development work worth Rs 12 crore,” he said. 

Felicitation

The district BJP unit felicitated C T Ravi. Speaking after accepting the felicitation, he said “Challenges are ahead. I have to work hard, by taking all into confidence. Owing to infight within the party, there was no constructive discussion. People have a huge expectations on me. I have to score 50 runs in the last two overs.” 

Coir Development Board President Rekha Huliappa Gowda, CMC President C R Premkumar, former president H D Thammaiah, Taluk Panchayat President Manjunath and others were present. 

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