S.S. Jyotiprakash, a senior functionary of the district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party who was serving as president of the Shimoga Agricultural Producers Marketing Committee (APMC), has been relieved from the post following his participation in the convention of Karnataka Janata Paksha held in Haveri on December 9. The government had nominated H.S. Mahendranath, who had served as president of BJP’s Shimoga Rural unit, as the new president of APMC.

By exercising the power conferred under the Agricultural Produces Marketing Committee (Control and Development) Act 1966, the government nominated new members for the APMC on Tuesday. A. Thimmappa has been nominated as vice-president while J.E. Virupaksha, K.S. Devaraj, D.R. Yogendrachari, H.R. Haleshappa, Sundaresh, Eshwara, Gopinath, Jaya Kumar, G. Thimme Gowdru, Rama Rao, Padmini, and V. Jagadish have been nominated as members. The term of the new committee will end on December 5, 2013.

Meanwhile, Mr. Jyotiprakash has reacted strongly to his removal. “As many as 14 MLAs of the BJP also had attended the convention. The BJP leaders should display courage to initiate action against these MLAs and seek fresh mandate as the State government has lost the majority. Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar should dissolve the Assembly,” he said at a press conference here on Thursday. Mr. Yeddyurappa was instrumental in BJP coming to power in the State but he was betrayed by its leaders. Mr. Yeddyurappa initiated various development projects in the district during his tenure as Chief Minister.

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