Bangalore: Karnataka Government has sought the the Advocate General’s opinion on whether there was any violation of rules in securing allotment of site by Law Minister S Suresh Kumar under the Chief Minister’s discretionary quota, an issue on which he has resigned.
“I have asked for a report from the Advocate General on the issue. On receipt of the report I will take a decision on the resignation tendered by Kumar,” Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda told reporters here.
Upset over reports that he violated rules in securing the site from the Bangalore Development Authority, Kumar resigned from the BJP Ministry on 23 June but Gowda has refused to accept it.
Gowda asserted he would accept the resignation if rules were violated.
Kumar, however, has stuck to his decision and said he would not withdraw his resignation.
On the burden of portfolios on him increasing further with Kumar’s resignation, Gowda, who is already holding charge of 20 departments with 11 vacant ministerial berths, said he has been managing them in the last nine months without giving scope for any lapse.
“I never felt the burden while managing several portfolios. But the media has been creating confusion in the minds of people”, he said.
Bogged down by persistent internal feud in the party since he took over last August, Gowda has not been able to fill up the ministerial vacancies.