When a legislator loses more than just a berth

The ministerial ambitions of H.S. Shankaralinge Gowda, the four-time BJP MLA from the Chamaraja assembly constituency in Mysore, have once again been cruelly thwarted.

Gowda vents his feelings in today’s Star of Mysore:

“The leaders of the party have favoured some MLAs, who were elected for the first time due to their personal influence on the powers-that-be….

“During his visit to Chamundi Hills on 29 May, B.S. Yediyurappa invited me to his residence the next day. When I called on him on the morning on May 30, my footwear went missing. Before my return from the store after purchasing a pair of shoes, I missed out on becoming a Minister.

“The time was 12.26 pm. Yediyurappa was proceeding to the Vidhana Soudha for taking part in the oath-taking ceremony. He told me that I was not being made a Minister. When I sought to know why I was not getting a berth in the Cabinet, he just said, let us talk about it later.