Senior Congress MLA and former minister Malikayya Guttedar on Monday said it’s not a violation of party discipline if legislators demand Cabinet berths.
Even disgruntled legislators will work hard for the victory of party candidates in the Lok Sabha elections, Guttedar said. Guttedar and some other legislators had complained that North Karnataka had not received adequate representation in the Siddaramaiah ministry and that tainted MLAs had been included.
Guttedar told Express that party leaders are sympathetic to their cause. Senior party MLAs denied Cabinet berths have a genuine reason to air their views publicly, he said adding: “We have done our duty for the good of the party and will leave the rest to the high command.”
He suspected that senior party leaders of Hyderabad-Karnataka region had worked against his inclusion into the Cabinet. Guttedar said he will work sincerely for the victory of party candidates in the elections.
He said the CM should have included MLAs who do not face corruption charges. “We may face an uncomfortable situation when we go to people seeking support for party candidates,” he said.
Party in-charge of Karnataka Digvijay Singh had promised to look into their grievances. He said they have told the high command that the party should not blame them if any candidate loses in the elections.
Reacting to the demand for Cabinet berths, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the high command will take a decision on this.
After garlanding the statue of Kengal Hanumanthaiah on his 106th birth anniversary at the Vidhana Soudha, he said there is nothing wrong in MLAs seeking Cabinet berths.