Karnataka

I am not an aspirant for ministerial berth, says A.H. Vishwanath

A.H. Vishwanath.

A.H. Vishwanath.   | Photo Credit: File Photo by K. Murali Kumar

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Former Minister A.H. Vishwanath, who is looking to step down as Janata Dal (Secular) State unit president, has clarified that he does not aspire for a ministerial berth in the JD(S)-Congress coalition government.

Speaking to The Hindu in Mysuru on Friday, Mr. Vishwanath said, “I want to be relieved of the post of JD(S) State unit president only for health reasons. Holding that position, I will have the responsibility of touring the State ahead of the coming Lok Sabha polls — something I will not be able to do on account of my health.”

“I am neither an aspirant nor have I sought a ministerial berth,” he added.

Mr. Vishwanath’s clarification assumes significance in light of the proposed expansion of the State Cabinet with JD(S) leaders after the recent induction of Congress legislators.

The JD(S) has convened a meeting of its leaders, including legislators, former legislators, candidates and district-level leaders, in Bengaluru on January 3. “When reporters asked me why party meetings are confined to Bengaluru or Mysuru, I have to express to them my inability to tour the State owing to health reasons,” Mr. Vishwanath said.

“I will not be able to do justice to the post of party State chief if I am unable to tour the State,” he said. Besides, he added that he had to pay attention to Hunsur Assembly constituency, from where he has been elected as MLA. “The people of Hunsur have a lot of hope and faith in me. I can’t let them down,” he said.

The JD(S) leader denied that he was stepping down on being sidelined in the party. He said he would shortly take up the matter with party supremo H.D. Deve Gowda and Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.

Meanwhile, Minister for Higher Education G.T. Deve Gowda, who is also in charge of Mysuru district, dismissed speculation of Mr. Vishwanath feeling isolated in the party, saying he had participated in a public function in Hunsur only on Friday. “He is not upset with the party leadership. He wants to be relieved [of the post] only on account of his health,” Mr. Gowda said.

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