Bengaluru: Leaders of the state unit of BJP on Saturday decided to turn the heat on the state government and intensify the stir to force minister for Bengaluru development, K J George, and mines and geology minister, Vinay Kulkarni, to quit the cabinet.
The decision to force these two ministers to resign was taken at a meeting of the core committee as the leaders demanded Mr George’s resignation for his alleged involvement in suicide of police officer Ganapathy and that of Mr Vinay Kulkarni for his alleged role in the murder of BJP zilla panchayat member Yogesh Gowda. Union ministers Prakash Javadekar and Piyush Goyal, who chaired the meeting, told the leaders to stage protests in all districts on November 27 to press for Mr Vinay Kulkarni’s resignation. “We have decided to take our demand for resignation of these two ministers to the logical end as people are backing us,” former minister C T Ravi told the media about the decisions taken by the core committee.
The committee discussed strategies to ensure success of the second leg of Parivarthana Yatra which would commence from Hubballi on December 21 with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath scheduled to flag off in this sector. The leaders listed the shortcomings at the inaugural of Parivarthana Yatra in Bengaluru on November 2, and took a decision to address them ahead of the rally planned for December 21 in Hubballi, as also ensure the presence of large number of party workers in Hubballi on that day. Interestingly, for the Hubballi leg, commencing on December 21, the leaders decided to drop the motorbike rally as it did not attract requisite number of party workers in Bengaluru. Instead, the cadre would be directed to come by buses or private vehicles to Hubballi, according to sources in the state unit of the party.
Sources said the core committee also assessed the impact of on-going Parivarthana Yatra which has crossed 50 Assembly segments with leaders addressing 50 rallies in each of the Assembly constituencies. Mr. Yeddyurappa reportedly stated that the rally was a major success in coaster Karnataka and Mumbai Karnataka region. He was also thrilled about the positive response of voters in Tumakur and Hassan districts and felt the turnout was an indication fo people’s ire against the local administration headed by CM Siddaramaiah....