Bangalore, Feb 1 (Calcutta Tube) Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa Monday lost his temper at a public meeting and shouted at a legislator who made an issue of not being brought to the function in the chief minister’s car.
‘Why are you saying all this in public?’ Yeddyurappa yelled at Chandrashekar Patil Revoor, who in his speech at the meeting, said: ‘If you do not want local legislators to be present at local functions, tell us so.’
The bizarre incident took place at the launch of a free health check-up camp, ‘Vajpayee Aarogya Shree’, named after former prime minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee, at Gulbarga, about 660 km from here.
Revoor represents Gulbarga south in the state assembly.
‘I had to take a lift in the car of Janardhana Reddy (Tourism Minister) and Sriramulu (Health Minister) to come to the function,’ Revoor complained as Reddy, Sriramulu, IT Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu and officials on the dais looked on.
As Revoor continued with his grouse, an agitated Yeddyurappa stood up and shouted: ‘What are you talking, why are saying all this in public?’
An unrelenting Revoor shot back: ‘Sir, I am hurt and expressing it.’
‘What hurt and why?’ Yeddyurappa yelled back. Revoor ended his speech and took his seat but continued to argue with the chief minister as the next speaker was called.
The Gulbarga incident came a day after BJP president Nitin Gadkari, on his first visit to the state after taking over as party president, warned of strict action against partymen airing differences in public.