Bagalkote: Reacting sharply to the unconfirmed reports doing the rounds among the public that Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai would leave for the United States just before the Sankranti festival for his knee operation, and that he would take three months’ rest following the surgery, and that he would be replaced by a senior BJP leader, Large and Medium Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani asked media people, “How do you people know that he would leave for the US or some other country for his knee surgery?” Did Bommai Sir tell you or did I inform you? “
Speaking to reporters after taking part in a horticulture mela in the city, Nirani said that “Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is like an elder brother to me. Our family and Bommai’s family have had a relationship for over 30 years. When I visit Hubballi, I never miss the opportunity to pay him a visit and never leave without having a cup of tea.CM visits our house once a week to have meals. Be it a factory issue or a personal issue, I first bring it to the notice of Bommai, as that is our relationship. But some vested interests are trying to mar our relationship.
Did I declare myself the next Chief Minister in front of the media or in front of my friends? Yes, it is true that the discussion about the next CM is going on, but I did not utter a single word on the next CM issue, “said Murugesh Nirani.
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