‘Modi has done the right thing by not including the ex-CM in his Ministry’
Even as the principal Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party continued to attack him in Bangalore on the Karnataka Public Service Commission issue and denotification of land, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday chose its stronghold of Shikaripur to launch a counter attack, especially at its top leader and former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done the right thing by not giving a ministerial berth to Mr. Yeddyurappa,” he said at an election rally in Shikaripur — the former Chief Minister’s home turf which is going to bypolls on August 21 along with two other seats in the State. The rally turned out to be a forum for attacking Mr. Yeddyurappa, whose son B.Y. Raghavendra is contesting the seat on BJP ticket. The election to this seat was necessitated as Mr. Yeddyurappa quit his Assembly membership on getting elected to the Lok Sabha from the Shimoga constituency. Referring to a slew of cases related to alleged corruption and misuse of power pending against Mr. Yeddyurappa, he said Mr. Modi was aware of the “serious charges” being faced by the former Chief Minister and hence did not include him in the Ministry. With this, Mr. Yeddyurappa’s ambition of joining the Union Cabinet had been dashed, he said. “The only good thing about Mr. Modi as Prime Minister is that of not accommodating Mr. Yeddyurappa in his Ministry,” he said.