Trapped in ‘sex for favor’ scandal, Karnataka Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi resigns
Major and Medium Irrigation Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi tendered his resignation from the Karnataka cabinet on Wednesday, a day after allegations that he sought sexual favors from a woman in exchange for a government post came to light. appeared.
His resignation came after protests and criticism from opposition parties and several strata of society, causing enormous embarrassment to the government and the ruling BJP.
Social activist Dinesh Kallahalli filed a police complaint against Mr. Jarkiholi on Tuesday, alleging that he sexually harassed a “job seeker” and threatened the woman and her family with serious consequences.
Calling it a “sex-for-work” scandal, alleged video clips showing Mr. Jarkiholi getting intimate with an unidentified woman have been broadcast widely by Kannada news channels.
The resignation letter written by Ramesh Jarkiholi
Mr Jarkiholi sent his resignation letter to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and said he was stepping down to save the party from embarrassment and should be reinstated once his innocence is proven. He described the allegations as far from true.
According to sources, Jarkiholi resigned on the instructions of the party’s high command.
BJP national secretary general in charge of Karnataka Arun Singh and national secretary general of BL Santosh party (organization) reportedly held discussions on the charges and the CD and communicated the party’s decision to state leaders, keeping in mind are Assembly polls in five states and also Panchayat polls and elections in Karnataka.
Earlier today, his brother and BJP leader Bakakrishna Jarkiholi met with the chief minister and called for a CBI investigation into the incident.
Calling it an attempt to defame the family after being successful in politics, Balachandra Jarkiholi also threatened to file a 100 crore libel suit against those who released the “fake CD”.
According to sources, Mr. Yediyurappa would have assured Mr. Jarkiholi that he would be re-inducted into the government if he was cleared of the charges against him. It was also reported that he had been promised that Mr. Balachandra Jarkiholi would be inducted in his place.
However, noting that no conditions were placed before the resignation was handed in, Mr Balachandra Jarkiholi said that the chief minister sent the resignation to the governor, that an investigation would take place and that Ramesh would come out innocent.
Mr Jarkiholi led the team of 17 MPs from opposition parties who moved from Congress to the BJP, which ultimately led to the downfall of the Congress-JD (S) coalition government and the formation of the BJP government .
Besides the party he left, a large number of former BJP alumni were also uncomfortable with Mr Jarkiholi’s instantaneous political growth.
Meanwhile, supporters of Jarkiholi staged a protest in Gokak on his behalf on Wednesday. They sat in the circle of Basaveshwara and shouted slogans in favor of their leader and urged the government not to accept his resignation.
– With PTI inputs