Single day and double blow: Renukacharya sacked as minister

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Bangalore, March 27: In January this year M P Renukacharya had said that the BJP-led Karnataka government would complete its term. "Neither the government will be dismissed nor will it fall. Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar will present the State Budget," he had said. He was right, the government remains but he himself has been dismissed from the cabinet.

Renukacharya, after his expulsion from BJP, was sacked as state excise minister. The 52-year MLA from Honnali is known for shooting off his mouth, while showing unflinching adolation towards BS Yeddyurappa.

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar today sacked him from the Cabinet for his frequent outbursts against state leaders.
Shettar has requested Governor H R Bhardwaj to drop Renukacharya from the ministry with immediate effect and it has been accepted, a Raj Bhavan communique said.

The Chief Minister had recommended Renukacharya's sacking yesterday itself, when he was shown the door for "anti-party activities" by Prahlad Joshi in his first act against indiscipline after taking over as the state BJP chief.
Renukacharya is expected to join KJP. The action comes ahead of the May 5 Assembly polls.

"I have been elected from the BJP and the voters want me to stay in the party itself. Hence, I will not go against their wishes," he had told a crowd in January.

Not know for niceities, Renukacharya had fought with a police official, who had not allowed the supporters of the MLA inside the helipad. The police officer, Harappanahally DySP Radhamani, was following the rules of civil aviation, but Renukacharya was very angry with him.

Women and Runukacharya

Renukacharya had hit the headlines a couple of years ago when a nurse believed to have been his lover, had made public some intimate pictures of them together. Nurse Jayalakshmi had accused him of discarding her after sexually exploiting her and had lodged a complaint with the state women's commission.

The Jayalakshmi case files soon disappeared in the labyrinth of the women's commission corridors.

Pramila Nesargi, who was president of the women's commission when the incident happened, said there were no lapse on the part of the commission. "No, the files did not go missing, but Jayalakshmi took her complaint back and the case was closed," Nesargi said.

Later, there were even unconfirmed reports that Renukacharya and Jayalakshmi had reached an understanding.

Interestingly, Jayalakshmi is now a participant in Kannada version of Big Boss. It is running currently on a private channel.

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