A lunch meeting by a group of BJP MLAs at the house of a fellow MLA Umesh Katti has set tongues wagging in Karnataka’s political circles again, a report by The Outlook said. Explaining why the buzz matters, the magazine said it could be because most of the newcomer MLAs have won their by-elections and have got ministerial berths leaving the older members feeling left out.
Outlook said Katti, an eight-time MLA from Belgaum, dismissed any suggestion of a rebellious plot against chief minister Yediyurappa. He did not get a cabinet berth.
The magazine said the MLA is however pressing for a Rajya Sabha nomination for his brother Ramesh. Ramesh is a former Lok Sabha member but was not given a ticket in the general elections last year.
The Yediyurappa government will complete its remaining three years, Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwathnarayan was quoted as saying. Media reports said the chief minister himself dismissed the questions about the meeting stating that COVID-19 was top priority for them.