Bengaluru, Mar 4: In a major setback to the Congress in Karnataka, a party MLA, Umesh Jadhav has announced his resignation from the Assembly here on Monday.
Jadhav, a two-time MLA from Chincholi in Kalaburagi district, met speaker KR Rameshkumar and handed over his resignation . The Speaker, who has received the resignation letter of Jadhav, is however is yet to take any decision to accept it or not, as a petition had been submitted to him by the Congress. Legislative Party leader Siddaramaiah, recently sought disqualification of membership of Jadhav who had defied the party whip by staying away from attending a CLP meeting.
Jadhav is expected to join BJP in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kalaburagi on Tuesday (March 6). Sources said that Umesh Jadhav is likely to contest as the BJP candidate from Gulbarga Lok Sabha seat against the Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge. The Congress MLA, who is one of the dissident Congress member, was represented the Chincholi Assembly constituency in the Karnataka Assembly. It is said that Jadhav was unhappy over the alleged autocratic style of functioning of social welfare minister Priyank Kharge, son of Mallikarjun Kharge.
Umesh Jadhav, who had visited Karnataka Assembly speaker, Ramesh Kumar in his residence located in Srinivasapura taluk in Kolar district, and submitted his resignation and appealed to accept it without any delay. Jadhav, who had resigned to the party and the Assembly is expected to formally join the BJP in the presence of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at a party rally scheduled to be held on Wednesday at Kalaburagi.
Siddaramaiah, had also recommended for the disqualification of membership of three other Congress MLAs, who had also defied the party whip earlier. UNI