Source: The New Indian Express
MysoreBSP MLA N Mahesh, who was ousted from the BSP following speculations about a cabinet reshuffle after Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa’s two-day visit to Delhi, has started eyeing a ministerial post.
Mahesh, who won the BSP ticket in the last assembly elections by looting and joined the Congress-JDS coalition government led by HD Kumaraswamy, was later dropped from the cabinet. He was expelled from the BSP for distancing himself from the no-confidence motion that overthrew the coalition government. This made Mahesh take a tough stance on BSP chief Mayawati.
However, Mahesh took advantage of the expulsion from the BSP and claimed that he was an independent legislator. He has no options left for his political survival, and he is now close to the BJP leaders who were eager to give a chance to his followers in the forthcoming taluk and zilla panchayat elections in Kollegala assembly constituency, sources said.
He recently stung the Congress for not making SC members chief ministers for decades and using them only for political gain. According to sources, Mahesh recently held talks with his aides in Kollegala, Chamarajanagar and Gundlupete taluks to study the mentality of his supporters. He also explained the current political situation in the state and the SCs are shifting their allegiance to the BJP in other states. Mahesh, who knows that winning elections independently will be a tough task if the SCs are split, made it clear that their welfare relationship will not be compromised.
Meanwhile, local BJP leaders are fearful of Mahesh’s entry as the Saffron Party won four seats in the last Zilla Panchayat elections. “Mahesh’s entry will lead to a clash of interests between his supporters and the traditional BJP activists in Kolkata,” a source said.
On the other hand, Mahesh is pressuring the BJP to include him in the cabinet as a strong caste (right) community in the old Mysore region with no representation in government.
Meanwhile, BJP’s Mysore region in-charge YV Ravishankar has held talks with local party leaders to reach a consensus. Mahesh told TNIE that he has held talks with the party and the party high command will take a decision.