At last, the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to initiate disciplinary action against party legislators who have been openly supporting B. Sriramulu, former Minister, who is contesting as an Independent against party candidate P. Gadilingappa in the Assembly byelection from the Bellary Rural constituency.
State BJP president K.S. Eshwarappa told presspersons here on Friday that show-cause notices had been issued to G. Somashekar Reddy, Bellary (City) MLA and Chairman of the Karnataka Milk Federation; B. Nagendra and T.H. Suresh Babu, legislators representing Kudligi and Kampli; and Mrutyunjaya Jinaga, MLC, for indulging in anti-party activities and working against the party candidate. “We have asked them to give a reply to the notice served on them. Based on their reply, action will be initiated,” he said.
On action against the MPs J. Shantha and Sanna Pakkirappa who are also supporting Mr. Sriramulu, Mr. Eshwarappa said he had referred the matter to the central disciplinary committee.
Sources said that the central leadership had decided to suspend the two MPs, who are related to Mr. Sriramulu, from membership of the party.
Mr. Somashekar Reddy, stating that he would reply to the notice, made it clear that he was a “fan” of Mr. Sriramulu and would campaign on his behalf. “I am pro-Sriramulu. I will abide by the instructions given to me by Mr. Sriramulu,” he said.
Mr. Somashekar Reddy said that very soon his brother G. Janardhan Reddy, after being released from jail, would reveal the details about the growth of BJP in Bellary district and also about the pivotal role played by them in establishing the first BJP government in south India.