'Santosh Balaga' seeks Shettar's removal

An anonymous letter on a state BJP letterhead demanding the removal of party national general secretary in-charge of Karnataka P Muralidhar Rao and leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar from their posts, landed in media houses in Bengaluru on Thursday.

The unsigned letter by members of  “Santhosh Balaga”  with a Mysuru address suggested that the party leader C T Ravi should replace Shettar. The letter also suggested that MLA S Suresh Kumar should replace R Ashoka as the party’s deputy leader in the Assembly.

The letter states these and many other issues were scheduled to be discussed at the state executive meeting that was held in Mysuru last month, but they were not taken up at the meeting. The name ‘Santhosh’ in the ‘Santhosh Balaga’ apparently refers to BJP national joint general secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh, who was in the news recently after BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa openly blamed him for causing a rift in the party. When contacted, Santhosh said he did not want to comment.


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