Caretaker Chief Minister of Karnataka B S Yeddyurappa is known for his bad temper. Now he flew into rage, slapped a minister close to him and grabbed BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu’s laptop and smashed it on the floor, reveal party sources.
A defiant Yeddyurappa, who was unable to bear the humiliation of having to yield to pressure brought on him by the central leadership as well as people on whom he reposed his faith to resign, is said to have given vent to his frustration by slapping a minister who had woken him up from his sleep his Race Course Road residence, as the time set for his resignation approached. Yeddyurappa also accused the minister concerned of creating problems for him, by working in tandem with some of the ministers. He also abused another minister, who was present at the time at his home, reports said, which declined to identify the ministers concerned.
Later, during the course of his meeting with the central observers of the BJP in a hotel, he reportedly banged a laptop belonging to senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member, Venkaiah Naidu, to the floor. At the time, Naidu was trying to coax the CM to fall in line with the instructions conveyed by the central leadership of the party. It is understood that the CM could not handle the fact that Naidu, who always stood by him, betrayed the trust and sided with the central leadership and the local leaders, who were trying to unseat him. Apart from expressing his reluctance to back Yeddyurappa, Naidu is said to have advised some important ministerial colleagues of the CM to press for his removal.