K’taka contractor death: ‘Tomorrow I’m handing over resignation letter to CM,’ says Minister KS Eshwarappa

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New Delhi: Karnataka Minister KS Eshwarappa on Thursday announced to handover his resignation tomorrow (April 15) to state Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai amid the strong opposition by the Congress. The Opposition has been demanding his resignation in connection with the death of contractor named Santosh Patil. 

KS Eshwarappa said, “Tomorrow I’m handing over the resignation letter to CM. I thank you all for co-operation.”

However, the Chief Minister on Thursday said that the decision on the resignation of the accused minister will be taken after receiving the preliminary report from the police.

This comes after a day when Eshwarappa, who earlier offered to submit resignation if state Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai asks, said that ‘there is no question of me resigning’ due to any reason amid the strong opposition by the Congress. 

Earlier today, the state police had detained Congress leaders DK Shivakumar, Siddaramaiah, and others who were marching toward the Karnataka Chief Minister’s residence seeking resignation of accused Minister KS Eshwarappa. The leaders were detained at High Grounds Police Station.

Before that, the state Congress leaders and party workers protested in front of Vidhana Soudha where DK Shivakumar said, “We’ll continue to protest here all night”. 

The Congress delegation have been asking for the resignation as well as arrest of demanding the arrest of Eshwarappa with the corruption charges against him for allegedly demanding commission from the deceased contractor.

The 37-year-old contractor allegedly committed suicide in a lodge in Udupi on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday by consuming some poisonous substance, according to police.

The contractor had earlier alleged that Eshwarappa demanded commission for the release of funds for the civil works undertaken by him at Hindalga village in Belagavi district ahead of a festival.

Earlier today, Patil’s mortal remains arrived at his residence in Belagavi.

Meanwhile, the brother of the deceased contractor on Wednesday demanded the arrest of Eshwarappa and his close aides Ramesh and Basawaraj.

Prashant Patil (brother of the deceased) said, “Minister KS Eshwarappa, Basawaraj and Ramesh (Eshwarappa’s close aides) must be arrested. We want justice.” 

(With inputs from ANI)

first published:April 14, 2022, 6:43 p.m.

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