Bellary: Four BJP rebel
legislators on Saturday stayed away from a meeting convened by state
unit president K S Eswarappa to discuss ways to strengthen the
party in the district.
Despite the party revoking their suspension, G
Somasekhara Reddy, brother of jailed former minister and
mining baron G Janardhana Reddy, MLA H T Suresh Babu, MLA B
Nagendra and MLC Mruthyunjaya Jinaga did not attend Saturday`s
meeting of party workers.
Eswarappa had revoked the suspension of these legislators
on December 15, apparently to get their support for Chief
Minister D V Sadananda Gowda`s candidature, who would contest
the bypoll to the legislative council on December 22.
Eswarappa said Gowda will expand his ministry to fill
seven vacancies after the council bye-election and
representation would be given to Bellary district.
He said the doors of BJP are shut for rebel leader
B Sreeramulu, who recently humiliated the saffron party by
winning the Bellary (Rural) seat by a huge margin.
Eswarappa said the chief minister will hold a meeting
here on December 29 to review development works in the
Sreeramulu has already ruled out his return to BJP and
declared he would soon float his new political party.