Mangaluru, June 28,2017: District in-charge Minister B Ramanatha Rai is resorting to politics for the sake of power and money and has no guts to criticise BJP leaders including State BJP chief Yeddyurappa, said former Congressman Harikrishna Bantwal.
Speaking to reporters here on June 28, Wednesday, he accused Rai of hurling abuses at senior party leader Janardhana Poojary and other Youth Congress leaders including Tejaswini Raj and Arun Coelho at a wedding ceremony at Suratkal on February 6 this year and demanded that Ramanatha Rai must be sacked from the cabinet as well as the party.
Harikrishna Bantwal also alleged that even after the February 6 incident Rai had threatened the youth leaders for their proximity towards Poojary. Even Kallige Taranath Shetty was targeted by Rai for the same reason, he said.
Harikrishna Bantwal also hurled a serious allegation against Rai by stating that he does not want communal harmony in the district.
Defending Janardhana Poojary for his criticism against party leaders, he said Poojary had criticised Siddaramaiah in the better interests of the party.