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Modi dons teacher’s cap for party ministers in Karnataka


Bangalore : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is in Mysore to hold ‘classes’ on team building and human resource development for ministers in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled Karnataka government.

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and his cabinet colleagues will get tips from Modi as well as party senior leaders Arun Jaitley and H.N. Ananth Kumar on improving governance and the image of BJP’s first government in Karnataka and south India.

The three-day meet has been described by the state BJP as a ‘chintan-manthan’, or brain-storming team building effort and human resource development training.

“It will be an in-house exercise. We are not inviting any outside expert to give talks. Main speakers will be Modi, Jaitley, Ananth Kumar and a few leaders of the Karnataka unit of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh),” a BJP spokesperson told IANS.

The meet is being held at Suttur, about 30 km from Mysore.

Modi arrived in Mysore, around 130 km from here, Monday evening and watched the torchlight parade marking the end of the 10-day Dussehra festival.

The Yeddyurappa ministry was rocked by dissidence in April, May and June. Two ministers, G. Janardhana Reddy and G. Karunakar Reddy, who are rich iron-ore miners, threatened to quit if they were not given greater say in running the administration.

Yeddyurappa achieved a truce with the Reddy brothers by reining in some ministers close to him, particularly the lone woman minister Shoba Karandlaje.

Several senior party leaders, including some cabinet ministers, were also openly opposed to Yeddyurappa securing party nomination for his son B.Y. Raghavendra to contest the April-May Lok Sabha elections.

Raghavendra, contesting for first time, however, won the Shimoga seat defeating party-hopper and former chief minister S. Bangarappa, giving a reprieve to his father.