Former Karnataka minister claims – got cash offer to join BJP in 2019

Patil had won the 2018 assembly election as a Congress candidate, but later renounced his legislature and joined the BJP.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka may have to face embarrassment. Former minister and Kagwad MLA Shrimant Patil has revealed that the party offered him cash two years back to part ways with the Congress. Patil was among the 16 MLAs who left the Congress and the JD(S) to join the BJP in 2019.

He said that I was asked how much money I want, but I refused to take the money and asked to give me a good post after the government was formed. I have joined BJP without taking any money. Now he has promised that when the cabinet expansion takes place, he will consider my name. Talking to media persons at Ainapur in Belagavi’s Kagwad taluk on Saturday, Patil said the offer was made during Operation Lotus. It was at that time that MLAs from other parties had joined the BJP.

Let us inform that Patil had won the 2018 assembly elections as a Congress candidate, but later he renounced his legislature and joined the BJP. He once again won the by-election. He was also made a minister in the Yeddyurappa government, he has not found a place in the cabinet after the current Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai took over.

The statement made by the MLA is being seen as a setback for the Bharatiya Janata Party. Patil’s statement may cause a lot of embarrassment to the party. The first session of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly will begin on Monday after Basavaraj Bommai became the Chief Minister. The opposition party is preparing to surround the government on various issues including inflation, law and order, dealing with the Kovid-19 epidemic and implementation of the National Education Policy. This will be the first session for Bommai and his cabinet as chief minister. Bommai took over after BS Yediyurappa resigned at the end of July. The ten-day monsoon session will begin on September 13 and end on September 24.

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