Eshwarappa letter row: Ministers throw weight behind CM Yediyurappa, MLAs begin signature campaign
According to BJP sources, as many as 50 BJP legislators have signed a resolution demanding Eshwarappa's resignation, in a show of support to CM Yediyurappa.
A day after Karnataka BJP minister KS Eshwarappa submitted a formal complaint against Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to Governor Vajubhai Vala for "interfering" in his department, a group of ministers termed the former's actions as "inappropriate."
"If he (Eshwarappa) had any objection, those had to be discussed with the CM first. Instead of meeting the governor, who merely works on the advice of the Council of Ministers, he should have tried to resolve the matter internally. Taking it to the Governor is not appropriate,” Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai was quoted saying in The Indian Express.
Meanwhile, according to BJP sources, as many as 50 BJP legislators have signed a resolution demanding Eshwarappa's resignation, in a show of support to CM Yediyurappa.
Karnataka Rural Development Minister KS Eshwarappa complained to Governor Vajubhai Vala against Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa alleging "interference" and "authoritarian administration".
In a detailed letter to the Governor, Eshwarappa had claimed that the CM violated "Karnataka (transaction of business) rules 1977" on more than one occasion while sanctioning department funds.
Eshwarappa is learnt to have personally met the Governor on Wednesday afternoon and submitted a five-page petition in which he has accused the Chief Minister of “direct interference” in the affairs of his department in clear violation of Karnataka (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1977, and also against the established practices and procedures relating to the affairs of the State Administration. The Karnataka Government (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1977, stipulate the division of powers between the Cabinet Ministers in charge of respective departments vis-a-vis the Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, echoing Siddaramaiah’s thoughts, Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar has also demanded that Yediyurappa must resign from his post.