Bengaluru: Karnataka excise minister H.Y.Meti on Wednesday tendered his resignation to chief minister Siddaramaiah, which is likely to strengthen the opposition’s attack on the incumbent government heading into elections in 2018.
Meti, the 71-year old legislator from Bagalkot, was allegedly involved in seeking sexual favours for transfers in a government department. A probe has been ordered by Siddaramaiah.
“Excise minister Shri H.Y. Meti has resigned. I have recommended to Honble Governor to accept the resignation. I have also ordered a probe," Siddaramaiah said on micro-blogging site Twitter on Wednesday.
The government is already under attack from the opposition over education minister Tanveer Sait, who was caught on tape watching obscene pictures at a public event last month.
Meti, the only other Kuruba (shepherd) community leader in the state cabinet, had met with Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president and home minister G. Parameshwara on Tuesday to clear his stand.
After his meeting with the KPCC chief, Meti said that there existed no such CD, as claimed by the complainant, in which he is seen seeking sexual favours.
An unknown woman had appeared on a local TV channel earlier this week alleging that Meti has sought sexual favours to fulfil a transfer request in his department, the Economic Times reported on Sunday.
Meti did not respond to calls made by Mint on Wednesday.
The Siddaramaiah government, in recent times, has been pushed on the defensive over issues like the controversial Rs1,800 crore steel flyover, loan waiver to farmers, mishandling of the Cauvery and Mahadayi river water dispute among others.