Karnataka minister KS Eshwarappa, facing charges of abetment to suicide in connection with the death of a civil contractor in Udupi, announced on Thursday that he would step down.
Addressing a press conference here, Eshwarappa said, “I have served as the Minister of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj in the Government of Karnataka. I have decided to resign from my ministerial post today.”
He further said that he would submit his resignation to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday.
The minister was booked on Wednesday in connection with the suspected suicide of civil contractor Santosh K Patil, who was found dead at a hotel in Udupi.
The contractor had accused the minister and his close aides of demanding 40 per cent commission for carrying out a civic work in 2021 ahead of a village festival at Hindalga village in Belagavi.
Eshwarappa said, “I decided to resign because I do not want to put those people in an uncomfortable position who helped me rise to this position, such as seniors in the party, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and our national leaders.”
Earlier, Eshwarappa had rejected the demand for his resignation over the issue, saying he was not at fault.
Patil’s death has sparked a major political controversy and has prompted calls from the opposition Congress to resign or sack the BJP leader from the cabinet.