Protests on ministry making: 1 more MLA to quit
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Last Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2012, 17:30
  
Bangalore: The rumblings in the ruling BJP over the recent ministry making exercise by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar showed signs of escalating with one more MLA deciding to quit his assembly membership.

S Angara, representing Sullia assembly segment, on Saturday said he would soon resign, his decision coming a day after Halady Srinivasa Shetty from Kundapur assembly constituency announced his decision to quit.

Angara, a four-term MLA, expressed displeasure over BJP denying him a berth, saying "my sincerity and loyalty has been viewed as my weakness. Keeping in mind the interest of the party, I kept silent so far. But when elected representatives and office bearers of my constituency quit in protest, I can't continue as MLA", he told a news agency.

Angara said he is now in Sullia and would submit his resignation after returning to Bangalore.

Meanwhile, former Revenue minister G Karunakara Reddy, who was also denied a ministerial berth, met other disgruntled MLAs here to decide their course of action and said 21 of them would meet either on July 18 or 19 to finalise their plan.

He minced no words in saying "all is not well in the party. There is an imbalance in the current ministry. It should be rectified".

Beluru Gopalakrishna and M P Kumaraswamy have already joined the rebel ranks.

Meanwhile supporters of Reddy and Kumaraswamy today staged a protest against BJP.

Shettar, who assumed office three days ago has been struggling to allocate portfolios to newly inducted ministers in the wake of some demanding key departments.

Sources close to Shettar said he had left for Delhi for consultations with the high command on portfolio allocation.

Prior to his departure, Shettar called on Governor H R Bhardwaj here to explain the reasons for delay in allocation of portfolios, they said.

Bhardwaj had yesterday decried induction of tainted ministers by Shettar.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, July 14, 2012, 17:30


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