Karnataka Minister KS Eshwarappa tenders resignation over death of entrepreneur

Basavaraj Bommai, Chief Minister of Karnataka. (Photo/PTI File)

Before embarking on a 300 km journey from Shivamogga to Bengaluru on Friday to deliver his resignation letter to Basavaraj Bommai, Karnataka Rural Development Minister KS Eshwarappa claimed he was ready to resign early but the Chief Minister had asked him twice since April 12 to wait.

Eshwarappa is in the eye of a storm in connection with the death of a 40-year-old civilian contractor at a lodge in Udupi on Tuesday. The entrepreneur had accused him of corruption. “I was ready to resign after the incident, but Chief Minister Bommai asked me to wait. A day later, I was about to announce my resignation but I was asked to wait some more,” said the 73-year-old BJP veteran, who said on Wednesday he was not going to “not resign at all costs”.

People in Bengaluru are reeling from waterlogging and power cuts amid heavy rains

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded 37.7mm of rainfall on Thursday evening in Bangalore. The heavy rains left parts of the city in lockdown and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) control room received complaints of uprooted trees, water entering houses and the like.

Interruption of power supply for several hours during the rain has added to the woes of residents of BTM, JP Nagar, Jayanagar, Bagalgunte and other areas. In Yelachenahalli, water gushed inside more than 60 houses. Meanwhile, the citizens’ group questioned authorities about the encroachment of drains and lakes which they say lead to waterlogging within hours of rain.