Kalaburagi, Mar 6 : Disgruntled Congress MLA Umesh Jadav who quit the party and his membership as Chincholi MLA today joined Bharatiya Janata Party, even as his resignation to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly is yet to be accepted by Speaker Ramesh Kumar.
Jadav, expressing his displeasure over Congress-JDS Government allegedly neglecting his Assembly constituency and development works were not taken up, submitted his resignation to Ramesh Kumar at his residence at Srinivaspura in Kolar District recently.
Opposition Leader in the Legislative Assembly BS Yeddyurappa, who is also BJP state president, welcomed Jadhav into the party fold by handing over him the party flag.
Ramesh Kumar is in consultation with legal experts on the resignation as the Congress has filed a petition to disqualify him as he failed to honour the whip given by the party to attend Congress legislative party meeting as well as budget session.
Separately, a meeting was held in Bengaluru yesterday with other disgruntled Congress MLAs, including former Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, Mahesh Kumathalli and Nagendra, in an attempt to pacify them and not to take any hasty decision.
On Wednesday morning Jadhav met Yeddyurappa in the IB here and told reporters that he had decided to join BJP. ‘’I have submitted my resignation as MLA to Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar and also quit Congress party. Very shortly 10 to 12 Congress MLAs will be quitting and joining the BJP,’’ he claimed. (UNI)