The former union minister, who has moved away from the chief minister's camp and is a vocal dissenter, threw barbs at Yediyurappa while speaking to the media in his hometown on Monday. The chief minister, he alleged, was diverting funds to his assembly constituency from others such as his.
“...125 crore had come (for Vijayapura), but our own chief minister took it back, after that a fight has started between me and him. He is taking things to Shivamogga ... he will not be there (as CM) for long, his (time) has come," news agency PTI quoted him as saying.
"Umesh Katti (another BJP MLA) too had a question whether he (Yediyurappa) was chief minister for Shivamogga or for entire Karnataka ... if 125 crore was not taken back from me, we had plans to make all roads cement road ... it has been taken back, but I won't leave it. I'm fighting for it and I will bring it," Yatnal added.
The BJP MLA, who belongs to the dominant Lingayat community, said it was the people of North Karnataka who had elected a good number of MLAs from the BJP, and not those in the South.
“Ninety five per cent MLAs (in the BJP) will be us (from North Karnataka). So, people at the top (BJP high command) have also understood. It has come in the mind of our Prime Minister that the successor (to Yediyurappa) should be from North Karnataka; he has said after Yediyurappa it will be from North Karnataka, it is almost final,” he said, according to PTI.
The CM’s political secretary, MP Renukacharya, hit back saying his party colleague was dreaming of becoming the chief minister from North Karnataka, and made these comments out of sheer selfishness. “The CM is like a big banyan tree; we should do our politics under his shade; One cannot rise to CM’s post by criticising him,” he said.
This is not the first time Yatnal is embarrassing the chief minister. In February, he had talked of a major change in Karnataka politics in four months. He had repeatedly said that some of the ministers were not available to MLAs and proving to be inefficient. “Inefficient ministers must be sent home. I am hopeful that the party high command will soon take an appropriate decision,” he had said.
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