Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Yeddy smashes laptop, slaps minister

After being demoted to the status of caretaker chief minister of Karnataka and not being able to choose his successor, BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa vented his anger by smashing former BJP president Venkaiah Naidu’s laptop, Times of India reported.

According to India Today, Yeddyurappa wanted Naidu to sign a letter supporting him but when the latter refused, the ex-chief minister in a fit of rage grabbed Naidu's laptop and smashed it on the floor.
However, Venkaiah Naidu denied the report that Yeddyurappa smashed his
laptop when asked to tender his resignation saying he doesn't carry a
laptop, reports Hindustan Times.

The incident unfolded at a party meeting at the Lalit Ashok hotel, where Naidu and other BJP leaders had been demanding Yeddyurappa’s resignation.

But a disgrunted Yeddyurappa was not finished at this as he slapped a fellow party member who had gone to meet him at his residence. 

Both the incident happened in the presence of party members. In the past, on several occasions Yeddyurappa behaved badly with party official and has been advised to by BJP senior leaders to control his temper.

His three year rule was troubled. The list of problems is endless - three rebellions, corruption charges such as favouring kin with prime land in and around Bangalore, turning a blind eye to rampant illegal iron ore mining, allowing his sons to financially benefit from firms involved in illegal mining; and luring Congress and JD-S legislators to defect with offer of money and plum posts.

At the height of attack on him for allotting prime residential and commercial land to his sons, daughters, sister and her kin in and around Bangalore early this year, BJP president Nitin Gadkari came to his rescue saying what Yeddyurappa has done may be 'immoral' but not 'illegal'.

The 'illegality' was established by Hegde, a retired Supreme Court judge, in his voluminous report on illegal mining and how Yeddyuappa's family had made money from it.

Last Wednesday Hegde released his report and recommended Yeddyurappa's trial for graft under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Yeddurappa's attempt to fob off the report as nothing but repletion of old charges was not bought by even Gadkari and Thursday the marching orders were out.

Though the party's parliamentary board wanted Yeddyurappa to quit immediately, he bought time using the Hindu calendar according to which the inauspicious month of Ashada was to last till July 30.

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