KS Eshvarapa stepped down as Rural Development Minister and Panchaj Raj on Thursday. The resignation came as a result of accusations of inciting suicide by resident businessman Santos K. Patil, who admitted to taking his life in a hotel apartment in Udupi on Tuesday after he accused Eshvarapa of demanding a 40 percent public works commission before the village. festival 2021
Following a complaint filed by Patil’s relatives, Udupi police convicted Eshvarapa of inciting suicide.
Eshvarapa said he would submit his letter of resignation to the prime minister on Friday. “I believe in God, I believe I will come out of this clean. I will cooperate with the investigation. I thank the central and state parties for giving me the opportunity to become a minister,” he said.
Earlier, the minister refused to resign, saying he had absolutely no involvement in the incident as there was no documentary evidence not even a work order was issued. Prime Minister Basawaraj Bomai also said Eshvarappa would not be asked to resign. CM says Patil’s suicide will be investigated carefully and truth will be revealed, and only based on initial investigation will government decide to take action against Eshvarapa.
After the accusations against the minister, Congress called for his resignation. On Thursday, hundreds of congressional staff led by opposition leader Sidaramaya, KPCC President D.K. Shivakumar, Secretary General of the AICC and Karnataka Chair Randip Singh Surjevala march in Bengaluru demanding the arrest of Eshvarapa under the anti-corruption law.
Congress held a 24-hour dharna calling for Eshvarapa’s arrest. Shivakumar, B.V. Srinivas and other senior leaders symbolically held a dharna in front of Vidhana Soudha facing the Karnataka Supreme Court building to remind the government of the sanctity of the legislature and judiciary in a democracy.
The Karnataka State Executive Association (KSCA) has threatened to suspend construction for a month from May 25 to protest corruption in various government departments.
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