Bengaluru, April 01: Karnataka Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar on Monday accepted the resignation of Dr Umesh Jadhav, the MLA of Chincholi in Kalaburgi district. Ramesh Kumar’s decision comes nearly a month after Jadhav submitted his resignation.
Congress sources say that the Congress Legislative Party leaders wanted Ramesh Kumar to stall the process of accepting Jadhav’s resignation in order to stop rebel Congress MLA from contesting on a BJP ticket.
Umesh Jadhav won the Assembly elections from the Chincholi segment twice on a Congress ticket. After defecting to BJP, He is now set to contest against Congress heavyweight and the current leader of the party in Lok Sabha Malikarjun Kharge from the Kalburgi constituency.
In his statement, Speaker Ramesh Kumar on Monday said that Umesh Jadhav’s reasons for wanting to resign as the Chincholi MLA did not match the reasons listed by the Congress Legislative Party.
The rivalry between the Umesh Jadhav and Congress veteran Mallikarjun Kharge is not new. In 2013, Jadhav was an aspirant for a minister post. He has expressed his displeasure when Mallikarjun Kharge’s son, Priyank Kharge, a first-time MLA, was inducted into the cabinet by the then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. (UNI)