Jagadish Shettar, who lost to DV Sadananda Gowda during the election of Chief Minister through a secret ballot among BJP MLAs, wants former ministers Janardhan Reddy, Karunakar Reddy in the Cabinet.
Speaking to media during the Independence Day celebrations in Dharwad, Shettar said that Reddy brothers and their close aide B Sriramulu had worked to bring the party to power in Karnataka and the party High Command should take this into consideration.
"The BJP high command should never forget that it was only due to the collective efforts of the Reddy Brothers, the BJP could enhance its strength in North Karnataka. Considering their efforts, the BJP high command should include the former ministers in the Cabinet," Shettar said.
When asked about the Reddy brothers' name indicted in Lokayukta report, Shettar said that their involvement in illegal mining has not yet proved and keeping them away from state politics was unfair.
"Unless their involvement in alleged illegal mining is proved, keeping them away from state politics is unfair," Shettar added.
Shettar, who earlier opposed Reddy brothers' inclusion in Cabinet, said that battle among the party members was past and now leaders will lead the state to progress under new chief minister.