Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-06-20 18:28 Udupi: The dropping of Vinay Kumar Sorake will prove costly for the Congress in the next assembly polls, warned the Billava community members on Monday, as the cabinet reshuffle ignited a fresh bout of political turbulence for the party. Stating Sorake to be victim of ‘money power’ and lobbying, visibly angry members belonging to the Katpadi Billava Association said they might reconsider supporting the Congress in the next assembly elections following Sorake’s axing from the cabinet. “With Sorake’s ouster from the cabinet, the community feels betrayed,” said the members, adding that Billava leaders Gopal Poojary and Vasanth Bangera had been overlooked in the reshuffle. The association members said that either Poojary or Bangera could have inducted following the decision to drop Sorake which they said had caught them by surprise. Sorake should be brought back into the cabinet, failing which Congress would be “taught a lesson” in the next assembly polls, said the members. “Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should reconsider his decision on Sorake or induct other Billava MLAs to the cabinet,” said the members, who recalled how the community had supported Congress and ensured the victory of Sorake and Gopal Poojary when there had been no Congress MLA in Udupi. “Janardhan Poojary has worked for the Congress party and he deserves a proper role in the Congress,” said the members. Billava leader Harikrishna Bantwal held senior leader Oscar Fernandes responsible for Sorake’s ouster. Training his guns on the senior leader, Harikrishna said Oscar Fernandes looked for leaders who could act according to his whims and fancies.