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I obeyed the order of my leader: Ramachandra Gowda

S. Rajendran

He reiterates there were no irregularities in appointments



Ramachandra Gowda

Bangalore: Minister for Medical Education Ramachandra Gowda has opted to resign from the Council of Ministers rather than sully the image of the first-ever BJP Government in the State, headed by B.S. Yeddyurappa.

The resignation has, however, cast serious doubts not merely among political leaders but among the activists of the ruling party as well, given the fact that Mr. Yeddyurappa and Mr. Gowda have been quite close for long. And true to the doubts among the political class, the resignation is yet to be forwarded to the Governor for acceptance.

Ironically, Mr. Gowda had a long meeting with the Chief Minister early on Saturday and sought time to offer his explanation on the controversial appointments to the two autonomous medical colleges in Hassan and Mysore. The Chief Minister reportedly told him that he would speak to him on return from China. However, within a few hours the Minister who was on way to Tirupati was asked to return and submit his resignation. The resignation is, however, yet to be forwarded to Governor H.R. Bhardwaj for acceptance and consequently (until this process is completed) Mr. Gowda will continue in his post.

Sources said the Chief Minister, prior to his departure to China on Sunday, to attend the World Economic Forum meeting had impressed upon the Minister to put in his papers following the controversy over the alleged illegalities and irregularities in the recent recruitments.

Sources in the Raj Bhavan told The Hindu that the resignation letter had not been forwarded to the Governor. It should be noted that the Minister sent in his resignation through his private secretary in the early hours and by then the Chief Minister had left for the airport. Sources in the Chief Minister's secretariat said that a decision on the resignation would be taken only after the Chief Minister returns late on Thursday. In another development, the Minister also called on the Governor on Sunday.

In his letter, the Minister said: “as per your wish, I am resigning. Thank you for your cooperation all these days”. He later told this correspondent: “I have quit because the Chief Minister sought my resignation. However, I maintain that there are no irregularities in the appointments. I have submitted an affidavit before the High Court and stand by it”. The matter is now before it, as the new recruits have challenged the cancellation of their appointment orders.

Mr. Gowda: said: “I have been loyal to my leader and obeyed his orders. It does not, however, mean that I am guilty of the charges levelled against me. I need not have quit as I am still to be proven guilty. I only wanted to ensure that I am not a source of embarrassment to my party and my leader.”

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