Karnataka minister threatens to quit if MLA Mahesh Kumatahalli not inducted into Cabinet
Karnataka minister Ramesh Jarkiholi on February 22 threatened to resign as minister as well as the member of the Assembly if “injustice” is meted out to his confidant-Athani MLA Mahesh Kumatahalli.
Bengaluru: Karnataka minister Ramesh Jarkiholi on February 22 threatened to resign if his party colleague and legislator is not given “his due”. Ramesh Jarkiholi was seeking a Cabinet berth for Mahesh Kumatahalli who won a by-election from Athani last December.
The MLA from Belagavi said that the BJP formed government in the state the because of Mahesh Kumatahalli. He should be provided a proper post and if he is not given one, then Jarkiholi would resign.
Following the by-elections, chief minister BS Yediyurappa expanded his Cabinet and inducted 10 legislators as ministers. Of 10, eight legislators are Congress turncoats and two had defected the Janata Dal (Secular).
Reacting to this, Kumatahalli said that he was no longer discontented.
"No injustice has happened to me. The irrigation facility in our area has improved and we are quite content," he added.
He also said the projects that were pending for decades have now been taken up.
To a question on the denial of ministerial berth which he had been yearning for, Kumathalli said, "When the time comes, I will become a minister."