Belgaum | Ramesh Jarkiholi Makes it to the State Cabinet


Published: 07/06/2018



Ramesh Jarkiholi making it to the State Cabinet instead of his younger brother Satish, who is known for his organisational skills, has come as a shock to the Congress cadre in the district.

While Mr. Ramesh Jarkiholi is a five-time MLA from Gokak, Mr. Satish has won his fourth term to the State Assembly from Yamakanamaradi, after completing one term as a MLC.

Supporters of Mr. Satish Jarkiholi protested against his non-inclusion in the Cabinet in Belagavi on Wednesday. They burnt tyres at the Rani Channamma Circle and shouted slogans against the Chief Minister and the Congress leadership. They said that dropping the senior leader from the Cabinet was a grave injustice to the district. Some of his supporters also shouted slogans against the Congress leadership in front of the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, after the swearing-in ceremony.

It was widely expected that Mr. Satish Jarkiholi would join the Cabinet and be the district in-charge Minister, as the Congress would benefit from his organisational skills in the Lok Sabha polls in 2019.

One of the reasons behind this was his concerted campaign in Badami that led to the victory of the then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah over BJP strongman B. Sriramulu. After he filed his nomination, Mr. Jarkiholi announced that he would stay in Badami till the polls were over and would not campaign for himself in Yamakanamaradi. “I have worked for the development of my constituency for 10 years. I am sure the people remember that and will support me,” he had told presspersons outside the returning office. He kept his word. Not a single Congress rally was held in Yamakanamaradi. His followers did most of the campaigning.

Another was the assumption that if Mr. Satish Jarkiholi was inducted in the ministry, it would stem the tide of shifting of political loyalties of the Nayaka (Scheduled Tribe) community to which he belongs to the BJP under the leadership of the charismatic Mr. Sriramulu.

Mr. Satish Jarkiholi has attracted national attention for his anti-blind belief activities organised by Manava Bandhutva Vedike that he founded. He has been a fierce critic of Prime Minister Modi and Sangh Parivar leaders.

Mr. Jarkiholi was facing allegations of scuttling the chances of Laxmi Hebbalkar, first-time MLA and KPCC women’s wing president, from becoming a Minister. He has denied the allegations. He told presspersons in Belagavi on Monday that neither was he stopping someone from becoming a Minister, nor was he seeking a berth for himself.

Mr. Ramesh Jarkiholi is known as a soft spoken, low profile person who spends most of his time in his constituency of Gokak. “He is also seen as pliable. But Mr. Satish is seen as a man with his own mind, who may not be in sync with other leaders of the party at times. But Mr. Satish is a mass leader, unlike his brother,” said a supporter.

Supporters suspect that vested interests in the party have tried to reduce his growing influence among the AHINDA castes. Some senior leaders, who are opposed to Mr. Siddaramaiah’s policies, do not want another leader with similar ideology to grow in Karnataka Congress. That may be another reason, said another of his supporters.

Mr. Satish Jarkiholi told presspersons in Belagavi that he had no idea why he was dropped. “I will talk to the senior leaders at the national level about this,” he said. He maintained he was not upset at the party’s decision.

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Source : TH