Mysuru, Feb 7, 2016: Senior Congress leader B. Janardhan Poojary, known for his public outburst, suggested chief minister Siddaramaiah to drop non performing ministers from his cabinet in public rally held in Mysuru for much discomfort of top party leaders.
Poojary was addressing the addressing the rally at the launch of ‘Gram Swaraj’ in Mysuru on Saturday, February 6, attended by chief minister Siddaramaiah and top party brass which included Congress leader of opposition in Lok Sabha M Mallikarjun Kharge and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Dr G Parameshwara.
Poojary said that the chief minister Siddaramaiah is performing well. But there are complaints that some ministers are not performing. Party workers say that ministers ignore them when they go to meet them. Please remove these ministers. It was due to the efforts of the party workers that the party has come to power in the State.
“If such non-performing ministers are allowed to continue, the party may not retain power in the next general elections. I may not live longer. But the nation, party and workers should live. Siddaramaiah had guts in the past. What has happened to him now? ” Poojary added.
During this time, the top party brass started muttering among them sending a message that it was uncalled-for. Poojary who continued his onslaught, at a point, called the non-performing ministers as ‘dead wood’.
In the end Poojary said that the party workers should “Stand up” which made the workers literally to stand up and shout slogans to pledge their support to the party. But the chief minister and other leaders on the dais were seen annoyed by this. Poojary told the party leaders also to stand up as the party workers did.
After concluding his speech, Poojary announced that he would be leaving the venue as he had another appointment to attend. When he walked towards Siddaramaiah, Kharge and Parameshwara to say bye to them, he only received a cold shoulder from them.