With What Audacity Does Kageri Demand Resignation? – Janardhan Poojary
Mangaluru: Janardhan Poojary held a press meet at the district Congress office here, on March 31.
Addressing the media persons, Poojary said, “The chemistry exam papers have leaked again and the Chief Minister has suspended 40 officers in this regard. This suspension is not a befitting punishment as it is just like a paid holiday. They have played with the future of the students as well as their guardians and have further increased their burden.”
He said that the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, Kimmane Rathnakar was an honest minister, but his honesty was of no use when it came to the issues faced by the students. “Rathnakar must resign from his portfolio if he has an ounce of pride left in him and follow Lal Bahadur Shastri, who had quit from the post of Railway Minister after Ariyalur train disaster. This is an opportunity for Rathnakar to be recorded in history for a similar feat which will be remembered by the public,” he said.
Poojary further said that the leak of question papers was criminal negligence and an FIR should be registered against the concerned persons. He threw a jibe at BJP for demanding the resignation of the minister and said, “Did the Former Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri tender his resignation when the question papers had leaked during his tenure? With what audacity does he demand a resignation now?”
He asked Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to remove Rathnakar from the cabinet if he fails to resign. “Till proper action is taken, the media and public will not stop accusing the government. We need to remember that after two years, we have to go to the public and seek their blessings for victory in the elections. If this sort of attitude continues and we behave like bosses then the public will not forgive us,” Poojary said.
Poojary demanded to know what the CID had done in the past 10 days. He asked Home Minister Parameshwar as to why the CID had no clue who the culprits were. “This is a criminal offence and a violence of the IPC. Why is no action taken yet? Why are the Chief Minister and Home Minister carrying this burden along? If people know to give us power, then the know how to take it away as well. The leak in exam papers have been happening from a long time, it is time that we cut this cancer and stop it from spreading further,” he said.
“People are not stupid. We need a thorough investigation and a proper chargesheet should be filed against the culprits,” he added.