GULBARGA: The inauguration of the mega health camp in Gulbarga on Monday, to screen people below the poverty line, for tertiary ailments at super-speciality hospitals, was marred by an open spat between Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and BJP MLA Chandrasekhar Patil Revoor.
At one point of time, the Chief Minister sprang up from his chair and admonished Mr. Revoor for raising interpersonal issues that “could be sorted out through discussion.” Not to be cowed down, Mr. Revoor retorted saying, “I had to raise these issues as they had pained me”.
How it began
It all started when Mr. Revoor, who represents Gulbarga South Assembly Constituency, rose to address the gathering in his capacity as president of the function. At the end of his speech, he said he wanted to bring to the notice of the Chief Minister a few unsavoury incidents and proceeded to elaborate upon them even as Mr. Yeddyurappa was trying hard to cut short his speech.
Mr. Revoor said he had stayed back in Gulbarga in order to mobilise patients for the health camp and to galvanise party workers to visit every street in the city to bring people for screening.
“We had been requesting the Chief Minister to consult local MLAs for functions organised in their constituencies so that the legislators could speak about the problems of the constituency. For the inaugural function, I was left behind in the government guesthouse, and was unable to travel in the Chief Minister’s cavalcade,” he said.
At this stage, an angry looking Yeddyurappa sprang up from his chair and asked the legislator not to raise such issues in public as they could be sorted out in private. Mr. Revoor, however, continued to speak unperturbedly and signed off by saying that he had to make his mind known as he was “very pained”.
Mr. Revoor was identified with the Reddy camp during the dissidence phase in the party. He had also joined Honnali MP Renukacharya in his revolt against the Chief Minister and hence was considered as being among the disgruntled MLAs in the BJP.
In contrast, bonhomie was seen between Mr. Yeddyurappa and Health Minister B. Sriramulu and Tourism Minister G. Janardhan Reddy throughout the function.
Later, in his speech, Mr. Yeddyurappa tried to downplay the incident by saying that Mr. Revoor was only trying to explain how he had to stay back in Gulbarga to mobilise people for the health camp. “Nothing more should be read into this,” he added.