Jarkiholi must quit or should be sacked: Shettar

Opposition leader in the Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar on Monday demanded the resignation of Small Scale Industries Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi in the wake of income tax raids on his house and offices in Belagavi recently.

Jarkiholi has no moral right to continue as minister. The I-T Department has seized large amounts of unaccounted for cash and properties during the raid, he said. The minister should either resign voluntarily or chief minister should drop him from the council of ministers immediately, Shettar said.

But Congress members rejected Shettar’s demand. Law Minister T B Jayachandra accused the BJP of giving a political colour to the I-T raid. “The state government has nothing to do with the I-T raid. It cannot access any document on any raid done by the I-T department. Hence, there is no point in discussing the issue in the House,” he said.

Shettar argued that action can be taken on facts admitted by the minister. Jarkiholi has told the media that assets worth around Rs 115 crore were seized during the raid and that he has given accounts of all the assets to the I-T Department. But the minister has not disclosed these assets to the Karnataka Lokayukta in his annual affidavit of assets and liabilities. The BJP members staged a walkout.

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