2 years, 5 resignations in BJP govt

BJP legislator M P Renukacharya was in the dock as Jayalakshmi, a nurse, had levelled abuse charges against the MLA.  Jayalakshmi had filed cases accusing the legislator of harassing her. However, Renukacharya was made a minister after he led a rebellion against chief minister Yeddyurappa, with a section of party legislators.

Jayalakshmi and Renukacharya have now reached a compromise and pending cases are yet to be withdrawn. It is not the first time that Karnataka is witnessing a minister quitting Cabinet on allegations of sexual assault. During the tenure of Devaraj Urs as chief minister, his Cabinet colleague R D Kittur had to put in papers following complaints about the presence of a ‘mysterious woman’ in his residence.

Vacancies

With Halappa’s resignation, the number of vacancies in the Yeddyurappa’s Cabinet has now risen to two.  K S Eshwarappa resigned as Energy Minister to take over as the state BJP president.

In all, Yeddyrappa as chief minister has so far received five resignations from his Cabinet colleagues.  S K Bellubbi was the first to quit the Cabinet followed by Krishnaiah Setty, V Somanna and Shobha Karandlaje. But Halappa is the first minister to quit on sexual abuse charges.

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