Karnataka political drama continues…: CM meets Belagavi Bros. in a bid to end impasse
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Karnataka political drama continues…: CM meets Belagavi Bros. in a bid to end impasse

September 18, 2018

Bengaluru:  Even as the Belagavi impasse is refusing to die down with the Jarkiholi brothers — Minister for Municipal Administration Ramesh Jarkiholi and MLA Satish Jarkiholi — firm on their demands and reportedly expressing dissatisfaction with the solutions offered by the Congress leadership, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, in a bid to resolve the row, reportedly held talks with the Belagavi Brothers at a hotel here this morning.

The Jarkiholi brothers, on Monday had remained firm on having their demands fulfilled, even as Congress Legislature Party leader and former CM Siddharamaiah tried to defuse the political crisis, but without much success. This morning, the Jarkiholis held a meeting with their supporter MLAs at a private hotel. Kumaraswamy, who came to know of the meeting, drove to the hotel and held talks with them. PWD Minister H.D. Revanna too joined later.

At the meeting, Ramesh Jarkiholi, the pointsman of the present political crisis, is said to have demanded a Deputy CM post to one of their supporters, a Cabinet berth for an ST MLA from Ballari district, exit of Water Resources Minister D.K. Shivakumar from Belagavi affairs and transfer of officials in the district.

But CM Kumaraswamy, while not giving any kind of assurance on any of their demands, is said to have advised the Jarkiholi brothers against taking any hasty decision, as it was a question of their (Jarkiholi) future political career, it is learnt.

MLA Satish Jarkiholi, later speaking to press persons, said that they had discussed issues pertaining to Belagavi politics and also on matters concerning their Assembly Constituencies.

Maintaining that they had not demanded a Deputy Chief Minister’s post as reported in a section of the press, Satish also dismissed reports that some MLAs supporting the Jarkiholi brothers were moving to a resort in Maharashtra.

Categorically stating that they would not go to any resort or elsewhere, he said that development of Belagavi was foremost and refused to divulge much on what transpired at the meeting with the Chief Minister.

Amidst all these developments, Satish Jarkiholi, who is said to have been summoned by the Congress High Command for a meeting with AICC President Rahul Gandhi at New Delhi tomorrow (Sept.19), is learnt to have cancelled his visit to Delhi.

Meanwhile, Badami MLA and former CM Siddharamaiah, who has been tasked by the party High Command to resolve the impasse, is scheduled to meet Rahul Gandhi at New Delhi tomorrow and discuss the Jarkiholi brothers’ issue.

Siddharamaiah, who is also the Chairman of the Co-ordination Committee of the ruling coalition, is likely to leave Bengaluru for New Delhi this evening.

2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Karnataka political drama continues…: CM meets Belagavi Bros. in a bid to end impasse”

  1. Thethreewisemen says:

    The Holi brothers, and the unholy mess !!

  2. The turf war in Belagavi between the Jarkiholi brothers
    and water resources minister
    DK Shivakumar has landed at the Karnataka government’s door as the former issued an ultimatum that could threaten the stability of the ruling coalition.

    Ramesh Jarkiholi, along with Congress MLA BC Patil, an aspirant for a ministerial berth, met deputy chief minister G Parameshwara on Tuesday and made it clear they would not tolerate interference from any colleague well entrenched in power.

    Spat between Congress mantris is raining woes for Karnataka coalition.Not to be left behind Mr.Sudhakar MLA, and senior leader A.Manju have trained their guns against PWD minister Revanna for abuse of powers and shady land deals.

    Ramesh and Satish Jarkiholi, who accused Shivakumar of interfering in their turf through MLA Laxmi Hebbalkar, asked Congress high command on Tuesday to rein in the minister or face consequences.

    The Jarkiholis gave their high command time till September 16 to settle the tussle. “Wait till September 16, you will see what happens,” municipal administration minister Ramesh Jarkiholi said, adding grist to talk of moves to topple the Congress-JD(S) coalition government.
    The last straw for the Jarkiholis appears to have been the recent PLD Bank elections in which they were forced to go with candidates from Hebbalkar’s camp. While it was pitched as a compromise for both parties, the humiliated brothers have declared a war against Shivakumar for supporting Hebbalkar. They are mustering the support of as many MLAs as possible to send a message to Congress .

    Ramesh Jarkiholi, along with Congress MLA BC Patil, an aspirant for a ministerial berth, met deputy chief minister G Parameshwara on Tuesday and made it clear they would not tolerate interference from “outsiders”, including Shivakumar, in Belagavi. That apart, the brothers want a ministerial berth, final say in transfer of officials in the district and nomination of their supporters to boards and corporations.
    The meeting set the rumour mills rolling. By 10am Tuesday, there was talk of 14-17 Congress MLAs resigning from the assembly and joining hands with the BJP. Siddaramaiah’s failure to reign in the Jarakiholis’ and the Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy only able to effect a temporary truce the political tug of war has been shifted to New Delhi expecting a make or mar intervention by Congress President Rahul Gandhi to somehow save the tottering coalition.

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