Senior partymen seek recognition
Madikeri: Revolting against the BJP leadership in the State, Madikeri MLA M.P. Appachu Ranjan has demanded that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa drop “inexperienced and inefficient” Ministers and restructure the Cabinet in an effort to save the party from losing its image.
Speaking to presspersons here on Friday, he said many senior BJP MLAs had been neglected and that new ones were being encouraged. “If the BJP Government has to earn a good name, senior and efficient MLAs should be given positions of responsibility,” he added.
As many as 21 MLAs, including Mr. Ranjan, conducted a round of discussions in this regard recently among themselves. “If everyone agrees, I am ready to lead the group. This matter has also been brought to the notice of the Sangh Parivar. We MLAs will meet again on Tuesday to discuss the further course of action,” he said.
Mr. Ranjan also said that they had decided to boycott the Legislative Assembly proceedings till the Government responded to their demands.
The MLA claimed that Mr. Yeddyurappa had admitted that Kodagu had not been given due importance, and that he had also told him (Mr. Ranjan) that he would be offered the chairmanship of a Board or Corporation. “I rejected the offer outright,” he claimed.
People in the State were frustrated with the way the Ministers were behaving, he said and charged the leadership with ill-treating party workers, who were the main force behind its success.
He also felt that someone from Kodagu district should have been appointed District in-charge Minister. Mr. Ranjan welcomed the proposal to elevate K.G. Bopaiah as Speaker, and said that the latter had proved himself as an able Deputy Speaker.
Referring to the ruckus in the party meeting convened by former MLC S.G. Medappa here on Thursday, Mr. Ranjan wondered how Mr. Medappa could convene such a meeting when he had no locus standi in such matters. He has sought action against Mr. Medappa for acting in excess of his authority.