Former minister and Kannada filmstar M H Ambareesh Tuesday lashed out at Siddaramaiah, saying he was discarded like a pair of chappals by the Karnataka Chief Minister.
The Congress leader, who was among the 14 ministers dropped by the CM in the recent Cabinet reshuffle, said: “I am not hungry for power. I have quit the Union cabinet post in the past. I never asked anybody to make me a minister and I would have resigned if the Chief Minister had asked me. But he did not do it and instead labelled us as inefficient ministers. It hurts me.”
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Justifying his decision to quit as an MLA, the actor-turned-politician said: “If I am an inefficient minister, then how can I handle my responsibility as a legislator. I have resigned as the MLA from the Mandya constituency and I will not withdraw my resignation letter.”
His resignation letter has not been accepted by the Speaker of the Assembly. Though the former minister did not reveal his next move, he admitted that Janata Dal Secular president and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda had spoken to him. Ambareesh, a Vokkaliga leader, is being reportedly wooed by the JDS.