New Delhi: In more trouble for the BS Yediyurappa-led BJP government in Karnataka, Water Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi on Saturday threatened to resign from the ministry, as well as an MLA if ‘justice’ is not done to fellow MLA Mahesh Kumathalli, news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. Also Read - CM Yediyurappa Rules Out Imposing Lockdown in Karnataka Now, Calls All-party Meet on April 18
Notably, the development comes at a time when Yediyurappa is already facing a ‘rebellion’ from within the state BJP over the induction into his cabinet of rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs, over those originally from the BJP, as ministers during cabinet expansion earlier this month. Also Read - Karnataka: Not In Position to Impose Complete Lockdown in State, Says Health Minister Sudhakar
Both Jarkiholi and Kumathalli are former Congress MLAs who were among the 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs whose ‘revolt’ led to the collapse of the HD Kumaraswamy-led government last July; all of them joined the BJP in November. Of the 12 rebels who won December’s bypolls, 10, including Jarkiholi, were given cabinet berths; Kupathalli, however, was not one of them. Also Read - FACT CHECK: Has BS Yediyurappa Announced 7-Day Lockdown in Karnataka Amid Rising Coronavirus Cases? Know Truth Behind Viral Video
“Certain things cannot be said openly. Mahesh Kupathalli was the main reason behind the formation of the BJP government in the state. He may get a good post. We won’t let injustice happen,” PTI quoted Jarkiholi as telling reporters in Belagavi.
According to reports, the rebels had been promised ministerial berths, and, as such, Kupathalli had been ‘sulking’ and ‘reminding’ the BJP of its promise.
On allegations by Kupathalli that the group that helped him bring down the previous government had left him ‘in the lurch,’ Jarkiholi said, “He has not said yet. The moment he says I will resign as MLA and as minister also. Let him come out and say this once. It’s not possible.”
Kupathalli, however, claimed that he was no longer discontented, adding that ‘when the time comes, I will become a minister.’