BJP said that the state will witness protests in every district on September 16.

 Dy SP Ganapathy death BJP to protest across Ktaka demanding Minister KJ Georges resignationPTI/ file image
news Politics Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12:20

The Karnataka unit of the BJP is slated to hold a new set of protests demanding the resignation of Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George over the suspicious death of  Deputy Superintendent of Police MK Ganapathy.

This came a week after the Supreme Court ordered a CBI probe while hearing a petition from Ganapathy's father. The party said that the state will witness protests on September 16 in every district over the issue.

“The Supreme Court has set a three-month deadline for the probe. Mr George must resign and we have no objection if he rejoins the Cabinet if he is given clean chit,” BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa said on Monday.

“Our party will hold a dharna on September 16 in Bengaluru and all district centres to demand this,” the former CM added.

George had earlier resigned from his position, and was later re-inducted in the ministry after a CID enquiry found no evidence of his role in the death.

In a TV interview, Ganapathy said that Minister George and two of his seniors, AM Prasad and Pranab Mohanty, had been harassing him. He had also said the trio would be responsible "if anything happens to me".

Ganapathy was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a hotel room at Madikeri on July 7, 2016.  

George, a legislator from the Sarvagnanagar assembly constituency, Bengaluru, was the Home Minister of Karnataka before his portfolio was changed on October 31, 2015 to Minister for Bengaluru Development and Town Planning.

Recently, the BJP state leadership was admonished by the party’s national president Amit Shah for not being proactive enough, especially given that the state will go to polls in the first half of 2018.

However, the BJP had maintained that the ruling Congress government is protecting George and influencing the probe, and even demanded CM Siddaramaiah’s resignation over the matter.

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