Bangalore: The BS Yeddyurappa faction on Saturday launched a blistering attack on Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda accusing him of being influenced by the opposition Janata Dal (Secular) and not taking the state ministers into confidence.
A day after nine ministers tendered their resignation, the faction sought to highlight the reasons for their action, ruled out "compromise" and reiterated that making their nominee Jagadish Shettar chief minister of the state was their main demand.
"The Chief Minister is mostly running the administration on the diktat of JD(S) (of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda) whether it's issue of development, constituencies and ministers' portfolios", CM Udasi, one of the nine ministers, told reporters.
He said it's clear from the conduct of the Chief Minister that he is under the influence of JD(S). Udasi reiterated that there is a trust deficit and bonding between the ministers and the Chief Minister and their relations had strained in the last three-four months.
"I can give many examples", Udasi said. As a PWD Minister he should have been consulted regarding
the Shiradi Ghat road project, which was proposed to be developed under public-private partnership with Japanese assistance, but it was not done, he added.
Udasi asserted that Sadananda Gowda ordered an enquiry against Excise Minister MP Renukacharya on a complaint by a JD(S) leader in Dakshina Kannada district, while S Suresh Kumar was called and discussion held with him when he resigned.
He also alleged that when the Supreme Court appointed Central Empowered Committee sought a report from the state vis-a-vis illegal mining case against BS Yeddyurappa, the Gowda government did so "within 24 hours", while on another occasion when a court sought a report on illegal mining vis-a-vis three former Chief Ministers (SM Krishna, N Dharam Singh and HD Kumaraswamy), the court directive itself was "hidden".
Udasi recalled that in March this year, Sadananda Gowda had written to party president Nitin Gadkari complaining against six ministers.
"The way he (Sadananda Gowda) conducted himself, it's clear that he does not have confidence in us; We also have trust deficit in him", said Udasi, who was flanked by other resigned Ministers.
He said Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje who is out of station had also submitted her resignation letter through them and it should have been received by the Chief Minister. Udasi and Water Resources Minister Basavaraja Bommai dismissed reports that the nine Ministers were instigated by Yeddyurappa. "It's pure lie", Udasi said.
He refuted accusations hurled against Yeddyurappa that the former Chief Minister was responsible for the fresh crisis, in an obvious statement made by Labour Minister BN Bacchegowda, who has thrown his weight behind Gowda. "When we have resigned, there is no question of compromise", Bommai said.