Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru
Bengaluru, Mar 7: Reliable sources have said that a worried BJP high command has gathered information on the issue of six ministers approaching the court seeking media restraint on publishing or broadcasting derogatory CDs or news against them, following the release of BJP MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi's sleaze tape and his subsequent resignation.
It is learnt that national BJP president J P Nadda discussed the matter on Saturday March 6 with minister Arvind Limbavali, who was called to Delhi from West Bengal, where he has been given the responsibility of five constituencies for the upcoming legislative elections.
It is gathered that J P Nadda asked Limbavali as to why the six ministers approach the court, stating that this action was akin to admitting wrongdoing. He also asked Limbavali whether they contacted the party leaders before approaching the court, and what was the suggestion given by the party. He also asked whether chief minister Yediyurappa had discussed the matter with them, why they showed show such urgency in approaching the court, sources said.
BJP leaders have alleged that there was political vendetta behind the release of Ramesh Jarkiholi's sex CD. Minister Yogeshwar has gone a step ahead and said that there was hand of an influential politician of Kanakapur origin, indirectly pointing fingers at KPCC president D K Shivakumar.
However, when the scribes questioned Limbavali at Karnataka Bhavan in the capital about his meeting with J P Nadda, he denied discussing the issue at all. "I did not discuss anything related to Karnataka politics. I came to Delhi due to the call of high command leaders in the wake of West Bengal elections. I have been given the responsibility of five legislative constituencies in West Bengal. I have discussed the party fortunes in those constituencies.
"I have not discussed anything regarding the CD issue of Karnataka. I did not get time to discuss it during the meeting with high command leaders. They did not ask either," he said.