Actor turned politician M H Ambareesh on Tuesday said he was not a ‘chappal’(slipper) to be thrown away when not required, after he was sacked from the Karnataka cabinet, by chief minister Siddaramaiah, along with 13 other ministers for a reshuffle.
“They want my personal appearance.I will give my personal appearance and give the resignation. I am not anybody’s ‘chappal’ that can be worn and thrown away when you want. I have my own popularity. I am not leaving because of politics. I lead my life because of the people’s sweat. I know how to handle this,” Ambareesh said.
Ambareesh said Siddaramaiah should have called him before the decision was taken.
“I am also a three-time MP. I was a central minister and I worked with him for three years. You must call us and say Ambareesh give the chance to somebody else. I would have happily given. I have no interest in power. I am satisfied because I work for my heart (sic),” he added.
Ambareesh expressed confidence that many political parties would now approach him and give him a red carpet welcome.
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday sacked 14 ministers and inducted 13 members into his council of ministry.
The exercise is coming in order to put the party on a sound footing two years before the Assembly elections in Karnataka, which is the only major state where Congress is ruling after being recently ejected out of power in Kerala and Assam.