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Can Ramesh Jarkiholi, Key Architect of 2019 Rise up, Lead ‘Op Lotus’ 2.0 in Okay’taka? All About BJP’s ‘MLA Magnet’

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Karnataka Elections 2023

Ramesh Jarkiholi, a former minister within the Basavaraj Bommai authorities and BJP’s legislator from Gokak, has been hogging headlines — for all of the incorrect causes.

Two of Jarkiholi’s back-to-back statements have embarrassed the BJP, which shortly distanced itself from the chief.

The primary assertion got here on January 22, when Jarkiholi claimed that the BJP can pay Rs 6,000 per vote within the upcoming meeting polls as he vowed to defeat his political rival Laxmi Hebbalkar of the Congress.

“I see that she (Hebbalkar) is distributing presents to folks in her constituency. She should have distributed kitchen home equipment like cookers and mixers price Rs 1,000 every. She may also give extra presents like that. All of it’ll value round Rs 3,000. I attraction to you all. Don’t vote on your candidate if we don’t give you Rs 6,000,” he was heard saying whereas addressing a rally in Sullebhavi, Belagavi.

The Congress has determined to strategy the Election Fee to ask the electoral physique to pay attention to Jarkiholi’s assertion.

Hebbalkar denied the allegations made by Jarkiholi and claimed that the kitchen home equipment and utensils that have been distributed have been prizes for numerous competitions organised by the Lakshmi Tayi Basis. “Why is it that solely girls obtained these presents? In the event that they have been political presents, they need to have been distributed equally amongst women and men, proper?” she questioned.

A senior Congress chief, commenting on Jarkiholi, stated: “He has at all times received an election utilizing muscle energy and distributing cash, meals and liquor. He may also resort to threats if folks don’t vote in favour of the BJP. He won’t bat an eyelid to spend at the very least Rs 500 crore within the upcoming election to woo voters. It’s the responsibility of the Election Fee and the Earnings Tax division to take notice.”

Quickly sufficient, Jarkiholi returned with one more embarrassing assertion on Monday, claiming that “BJP will type a authorities in Karnataka even when the occasion doesn’t get a majority”. This time, he was addressing a public assembly in his constituency Gokak.

“I’m positive that the BJP will win majority seats. Even when that doesn’t occur, the BJP will type the federal government. We’ll do no matter it takes to type our authorities,” stated the chief who had been on the forefront of the 2019 defection drama the place 17 Congress and Janata Dal(S) legislators moved to the BJP and introduced down the coalition authorities led by HD Kumaraswamy.

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Priyank Kharge, Karnataka Congress MLA from Chittapur and the chairman of communications for the KPCC, stated Jarkiholi’s assertion is difficult proof to point out that ‘Operation Lotus’ exists and that there are giant sums of cash on the disposal of the BJP.

“Operation Lotus is quid-pro-quo the place cash exchanges happen in return for the folks’s mandate or manufactured majority and these folks (BJP) have earned sufficient cash to bribe folks once more. There is no such thing as a ambiguity left,” Kharge stated.

Why isn’t the Election Fee, Enforcement Directorate, or the Earnings Tax division taking over suo motu motion on this?” Kharge questioned.

Because the political disagreement continues, takes a take a look at who Ramesh Jarkiholi is and why he’s so highly effective.

Ramesh Jarkiholi, alongside along with his 4 brothers — Satish, Balachandra, Bhimashi and Lakhan — are all politically energetic and seen contesting towards one another. Whereas Ramesh and Balachandra are within the BJP now, Satish is within the Congress and Bhimashi and Lakhan are impartial candidates.

The Jarkiholis are thought-about one of the highly effective politicians within the North Karnataka area. They belong to the Bedara-Nayaka caste and are popularly referred to as ‘Sahukars’ (lords).

Among the many brothers, the household controls three main sugar mills within the Belagavi district and is likely one of the largest growers of sugarcane within the state. In addition they have investments within the training and liquor sectors.

All brothers wield huge clout within the Belgavi district and affect at the very least 18 out of the 224 meeting seats in Karnataka. Belagavi has the second-highest variety of seats in a single district after Bengaluru.

Ramesh Jarkiholi is taken into account one of many key architects of the 2019 insurrection the place 17 insurgent legislators from the Congress and JDS have been herded by him to Mumbai and holed up in a personal resort for near a month till the talks within the BJP to formally induct them have been finalised.

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The six-time MLA was the water assets minister within the current BJP authorities however was pressured to resign in 2021 after an alleged CD was launched by a lady who claimed that he had demanded sexual favours from her on the pretext of providing a job. An activist, Dinesh Kalahalli, had filed a police criticism towards Jarkiholi.

On February 6, 2022, a probe on the CD case performed by a particular investigation staff filed a ‘B’ report earlier than the extra chief metropolitan courtroom, clearing Jarkiholi of the fees.

Because the clear chit, Jarkiholi has been ready within the wings to be re-inducted into the Basavaraj Bommai cupboard.

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Jarkiholi, who was with the Congress earlier, fell out with the occasion because of his fixed standoffs with occasion’s state president DK Shivakumar. A Congress insider stated at one time, Jarkiholi was additionally eyeing the KPCC president’s submit.

Lower to the current, Jarkiholi’s conflict with Belagavi Rural MLA Laxmi Hebbalkar is just not new. In 2018, the Jarkiholi brothers declared an all-out warfare towards Hebbalkar and Shivakumar who they alleged have been “meddling of their affairs within the area”.

Ramesh and Satish have been each within the Congress and the previous even threatened to give up the occasion if Hebbalkar was not reined in. It took a name from then Congress president Rahul Gandhi to pacify Ramesh Jarkiholi and get him to remain.

Just a few months later, it’s stated that Ramesh Jarkiholi had already begun talks with the BJP and met senior leaders of the occasion on the wedding ceremony of Yeddyurappa’s private assistant Santosh. He was additionally seen hobnobbing with senior BJP leaders and internet hosting a dinner for them in Belagavi at a time when he was anticipated to be collaborating in a vital cupboard assembly referred to as by HD Kumaraswamy.

The BJP trusts Jarkiholi and his pull. Responding to the statements made by Chief of Opposition Siddaramaiah that there have been a number of disgruntled BJP and JD(S) MLAs who had reached out to him to affix the Congress, Belagavi district in-charge minister Govind Karjol stated Jarkiholi will help rope in 16 extra MLAs from different events as he did earlier than.

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