Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai On Calls To Sack Minister KS Eshwarappa

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Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai today made it clear that minister KS Eshwarappa, caught in a controversy over his alleged role in the suicide of a contractor, will remain in his cabinet, for now.  “The postmortem is done. Let the preliminary inquiry begin. Depending on the preliminary we will decide the next course of action,” he told NDTV in an exclusive interview.

Mr Eshwarappa, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister in Mr Bommai’s cabinet, has been accused of demanding a “40% cut money” by civil contractor Santosh Patil, who allegedly died by suicide on Tuesday.

The minister’s name came up in the last phone messages of the contractor, who accused him of being “solely responsible” for his death.

There have been growing calls for Mr Eshwarappa’s resignation from the opposition Congress, which has accused the BJP and Mr Bommai’s government of shielding the minister.

Asked if there is there was interference from the high command regarding the matter, Mr Bommai told NDTV, “I am not under any pressure. There is nothing to do with the high command. It is all purely depending on preliminary investigation decision will be taken”.

Asked if having Mr Eshwarappa in the cabinet will leave room for a fair probe, the Chief Minister said, “What you think or I think is not important. What is the fact of the case is important”.

Mr Eshwarappa has refused to step down. “If they are asking for my resignation, I won’t give one,” he told reporters earlier this week.

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