BJP leader Jagadish Shettar can finally relax. After three years of shouting himself hoarse in the Karnataka Assembly demanding KJ George’s resignation over one thing or another, George has finally quit.
On multiple occasions, and even on Monday, Leader of the Opposition Shettar vociferously sought George’s resignation.
When the Siddaramaiah headed Congress government assumed office, KJ George was made home minister. In October, he was given charge of the Bengaluru Development Minister, a post which has not existed for several years.
Here’s a minimum number of times that people, especially the BJP, and especially Jagadish Shettar have demanded that George be gone.
BJP leaders demanded George’s resignation over a scam in the purchase of compactors for garbage clearance. Former deputy mayor Harish alleged that bills for the purchase of compactors were inflated by about Rs 11 lakh.
BJP demanded George’s resignation over the murder of Doddaballapur town sub-inspector S Jagadish in Nelamangala. He was stabbed to death by two rowdy sheeters whom he was trying to apprehend.
The National Committee for Protection and Natural Resources founded by SR Hiremath had demanded George’s resignation over the allotment of a site in a cooperative housing society in Bengaluru. (To be fair, they also demanded Dinesh Gundu Rao’s resignation).
BJP demanded George’s resignation over the “shameful” spat between senior police officers in the state. IPS Officer Ravindranath was accused of taking objectionable pictures of a woman in a Bengaluru coffee shop. Ravindranath claimed he was innocent and that the then police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar had it in for him.
DK Ravi case. There were a whole bunch of people who were demanding George’s resignation. The death of Ravi, considered to be an honest officer lead to widespread protests against George who was alleged to have exerted pressure on Ravi for cracking down on the real estate lobby in Kolar district.