Miffed Ambareesh to stand by his resignation

Miffed Ambareesh to stand by his resignation

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-06-21 14:32 Bengaluru: The saga of Ambareesh’s resignation continued even on Tuesday, when former housing minister MH Ambareesh categorically stated that he will not take back his resignation as an MLA of Mandya district.Addressing mediapersons at his residence in JP Nagar on Tuesday, he said that he will personally handover the resignation to the deputy speaker. His resignation was rejected on Monday when he sent a copy of the letter through his personal secretary.Living up to his ‘rebel star’ tag, cine actor Ambareesh was miffed over the fact that Siddaramaiah did not give him a dignified exit. “He should have, at least, asked me to give up my portfolio. Instead, he labelled me inefficient. He used me and now threw me out,” he rued. Ambareesh was dropped from the cabinet during the recent cabinet reshuffle and apparently upset over it, Mandya legislator tendered his resignation.Claiming his term as spotless, Ambareesh said, “There was neither a single instance of nepotism, nor a scam or any kind of financial irregularity in awarding tenders for housing projects. I have got several funds and projects sanctioned from the Centre. Yet, I have been branded as inefficient. If I am an inefficient minister, then why should I remain even as an MLA?”Stating that he never went to Siddaramaiah’s house begging for portfolio or ministership, he said that there was no need for him to do so as he is well off and has been travelling in imported cars since 1990s. “But my self-respect is hurt. There is no point now. I cannot work under Siddaramaiah,”he said.Vouching for Srinivas Prasad’s leadership abilities, Ambareesh said “Chief minister shouldn’t have humiliated Prasad, who is a senior minister in the party. He was one of those who strived to get Siddaramaiah to power but he was not given any due. I know Prasad since my college days and I’m hurt by this development.”He further said that when he resigned as Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting in the then Central government, he had promised ‘Madam’ that he would do his best to ensure victory of Siddaramaiah in Chamundeshwari bypolls in 2007. “I came here thinking that he will win by at least 10,000 votes, but the situation was quite different. I gathered ZP and TP members and Congress workers and planned to work for him. In place like Bogadi in Chamundeshwari constituency, not a single Congress flag was allowed to be hoisted. I played my caste card and urged people to allow him to campaign there. Now, everything seems to be forgotten,” he said.When questioned whether former MP and cine actor Ramya has any role in his ouster, he said that she was nowhere concerned in this and advised the media not to drag her into this issue. He refused to reveal his further political strategy also.​