Karnataka elections: “Pained at Jagadish Shettar’s resignation,” says CM Bommai

16 April, 2023 | Pragati Singh

Karnataka National

Former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is a role model because he resigned while still in office.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar resigned as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA on Sunday, and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai expressed his disappointment. According to the CM, the resignation of former CM and senior BJP leader Jagadish Shettar has pained and disturbed him. Bommai told reporters here that Shetter has been a senior and important leader in this region. On several occasions, the party had made decisions. According to Bommai, Union Home Minister Amit Shah personally spoke with Jagadish Shettar on Saturday.

He said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to bring changes in this static politics. Former deputy chief minister KS Eshwarappa announced his retirement from electoral politics. The BJP president JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah had promised a big position at the central level to Shettar. The name of Shettar was on the list of the district-level core committee but the denial of the ticket was the decision of the high command. The time has come to bring the changes.”

Former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, according to Bommai, is a role model because he resigned while still in office.

“He (Yediyurappa ) taught them ideal to everyone. The BJP is trying to take every community along with it,” Bommao said.

According to Bommai, the BJP has given the Lingayat community the most ministerial positions. He stated that opportunities must be passed down from generation to generation, which is why Shettar was denied the ticket.

“I am not going to answer all the questions raised by Shettar. It is an attempt to make a new development. Shettar’s resignation from the party will impact the BJP but damage control exercise will be made to minimize the impact,” Bommai added.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar resigned as an MLA to Karnataka Assembly Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri on Sunday in Sirsi.

Shettar, who resigned as a BJP MLA on Sunday, said he had not decided whether he would join the Congress. When asked if he will join the Congress, the former Karnataka chief minister replied, “I have not decided yet.”

Shettar had previously stated on Sunday that some Karnataka BJP leaders were mismanaging the party in the state.

“I am going to tender my resignation as an MLA and will also resign from the primary membership of the party. Later, I will decide my next course of action, whether I have to fight independently or with a party. The ill-treatment and humiliation by the senior leaders of the party have hurt me a lot. My decision (to resign from BJP) is final. Some state leaders are mishandling the BJP system in Karnataka,” Shettar told ANI.

Shettar, a six-term MLA from the constituency, was reportedly advised by the party to step down and not seek re-election as MLA from the Hubli-Dharwad Central segment, prompting his supporters to express their displeasure with the party’s high command. After announcing his resignation on Saturday, Jagadish Shettar also stated that there is a conspiracy against him, which is why he was denied a ticket.

“There is a conspiracy against me, will tell everything after resigning,” Shettar told ANI.

After being left off the BJP’s candidate lists, Shettar issued an ultimatum to the party, stating that if he is denied a ticket from his preferred segment, he will reconsider his political future. Meanwhile, former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said on Sunday that if Shettar returns to the BJP, he will be welcomed.

Yediyurappa said, “We made him (Jagadish Shettar) the chief minister of Karnataka and the BJP state president. The statements given by him have made us unhappy. People knew about Jagadish Shettar only because of BJP. I want to ask Jagadish Shettar why is he joining Congress. If he comes back to BJP, we will welcome him.”

He stated that the people of Karnataka will not forgive Shettar.

“Dharmendra Pradhan had offered Jagadish Shatter, a ministerial position in the cabinet. We had offered a ticket to Jagadish Shatter’s family. But he did not respond,” he said.

The Karnataka Assembly’s 224 seats will go to the polls on May 10, and the votes will be counted on May 13.

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