Muralidhara Khajane

‘Loyalists’ oppose appointment of Mahadev, Ramesh, Manje Gowda

‘They may stay away from election campaign’

Workers express anger against C.H. Vijayshankar

MYSORE: With the announcement of elections to the Lok Sabha, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is facing problems in Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts.

The recent appointments to various boards and corporations have led to disappointment among many “loyalists” in the party.

Protesting against the “injustice”, the “loyalists” are planning to resign from the party en masse.

According to a senior leader, though the “loyalists” may not go to the extent of resigning from the party, they may stay away from the election campaign.

This will be detrimental to the party’s prospects in the coming elections.

The “loyalists” are unhappy with the appointment of the former Minister M. Mahadev, M.V. Ravishankar, C. Nanjundaswamy, B.P. Manjunath, Mallikarjunappa, C. Manje Gowda, C. Ramesh, R. Sundar and G.N. Nanjundaswamy as heads of the Karnataka Warehouse Authority, Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited, Karnataka Zoo Authority, Karnataka Exhibition Authority, Jungle Lodges and Resorts Limited, Beggars Rehabilitation Centre, Command Area Development Authority and Chamarajanagar Urban Development Corporation, and Karnataka Vidyuth Karkhane, respectively.

They are particularly against the appointment of Mr. Mahadev, Mr. Ramesh and Mr. Manje Gowda. The “disgruntled” district-level leaders and workers, who met on Wednesday, resolved to urge the party leadership to annul the appointments and make fresh appointments after consulting urban and rural units of the party. They also resolved to urge the leadership to appoint a woman to one of the boards.

They expressed their anger against C.H. Vijayshankar, MP, who, according to them, had failed in apprising the leaders of the contribution of “loyalists” to the party’s growth.

A senior leader of the party from the district said that they had sent copies of the resolution to State unit president D.V. Sadananda Gowda, district in-charge Minister Shobha Karandlaje and Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.

Before making the appointments, the leadership should have consulted the local units. This development, especially favouring those who joined the party recently, would harm the interests of the organisation. “Of the total voters in the constituency, 50 per cent are women. Don’t they need women votes?” he asked.

However, defending the appointments, another senior leader said that disappointment among the workers was nothing new. It was natural for the party to please those who had the capacity to get votes, he added.