Karnataka logjam: BJP minister resigns
The Tourism Minister B Sriramulu sent in his resignation on Saturday to the deputy chief minister, reports BR Srikanthindia Updated: Sep 30, 2007 01:55 IST
Karnataka Tourism Minister B Sriramulu, responsible for pushing the ruling coalition to the brink of a break-up, sent in his resignation on Saturday to Deputy Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha sought a meeting with former prime minister HD Deve Gowda on the issue of transfer of power.
Sinha, however, maintained that Sriramulu’s outburst against Kumaraswamy and his party’s (BJP) turn to rule the state beginning on October 3, were not related.
Sriramulu, who had made attempt to murder allegations against Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy, flew into the state capital from Bellary in a private helicopter and submitted a one-line resignation letter addressed to the CM to Yediyurappa. “I don’t want to stand in the way of our leader Yediyurappa becoming the next chief minister,” he said. Yediyurappa said he would forward the resignation to the chief minister.
“Actually, I don’t have an issue with Kumaraswamy but his political secretary Suryanarayana Reddy,” he told reporters.
Sriramulu displayed a cartridge to reporters, saying this was the empty cartridge of a shot fired at him.
Earlier, Yashwant Sinha had said that he would meet Deve Gowda for talks on the transfer of power, in a day or two. Gowda left for a pilgrimage in Tamil Nadu and will return on Sunday.
Sinha, who arrived in the city on Friday evening, told reporters that coalition partners Janata Dal (S) and BJP will not have any difficulty over the power transfer once Kumaraswamy completes his 20-month term.
“It is our firm belief that even at this stage the terms of the agreement between the BJP and JD(S), will be carried out smoothly and the transfer of the post of chief minister from the JD(S) to the BJP will take place soon. The solution to the most difficult problems can be achieved through dialogue,” the former Union minister said.
Sinha asserted that Yediyurappa would be the party’s unanimous choice for the Chief Minister’s post. Sinha, however, denied that he had asked Sriramulu to step down. “We had only asked him to clarify his stand before we take a decision.”
BJP sources said Sinha held a closed door meeting with Yediyurappa and other senior ministers on the composition of the new ministry.