Lingayat Seer’s request for a cabinet birth for a rebel BJP MLA during a religious rally loses all temper of Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. Lingayat seer, Vachanananda Swami asked Yediyurappa for a ministerial birth to Murugesh Nirani who is allegedly in feud with CM Yediyurappa.
Deeply disturbed by the appeal of the Seer, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa got up and almost walked off the stage until he was persuaded to stay on stage by the Lingayat seer.
All untoward incident began with Seer’s request during a religious rally: "CM, you are next to me. I want to tell you, don't ignore Murugesh Nirani. If you don't take care of him now, you will lose the support of the whole community," said Vachanananda Swami at the Lingayat rally in Davangere.
Mr Yediyurappa, grim-faced, immediately rose to his feet and fumed: "I am not here to listen to all this...I cannot work as per your demands. I am leaving."
He touched the Seer's feet and made to leave but Vachananda Swami urged him to stay. The Chief Minister finally returned to his seat. Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai and other BJP leaders were also on the stage.
It is learnt that the Murugesh Nirani, a legislator from Bilgi, also belongs to the Lingayat community, is counted as Mr Yediyurappa's bête-noire in BJP.