Congress party in Karnataka on Monday suffered a major setback after its party MLA Umesh Jadav quit his Assembly membership from Chincholi seat and is all set to join BJP and contest against Congress floor leader in Lok Sabha Mr. Mallikarjuna Kharge from Kalaburgi (Gulbarga) in the coming election.
Expressing displeasure over the resignation by Mr. Jadhav KPCC president Dinesh Gundurao said on that, “Despite enjoying power and status in the party he (Jadhav) backstabbed the Congress”. Speaking to newsmen here, Mr. Gundurao said that the resignation of Mr. Jadhav will, however, not hurt any prospects of the Congress in Karnataka.Maintaining that the party had made all efforts convince Mr. Jadhav to remain in the party and not fall prey to BJP lurings, he said, “Despite all this, Mr. Jadhav chose to resign”. Criticizing that Mr. Jadhav by choosing to resign to the party had betrayed the party, which had given all name and fame; he said that “it is good that such saboteurs have left the party”.
Referring to a petition pending with the Speaker Ramesh Kumar seeking disqualification of Jadhav, for defying the party whip, he expressed confidence that “Speaker of the Assembly will take appropriate action on the issue”. In his reaction on Mr. Jadhav, the KPCC working president has said that “By joining the BJP Jadhav had resorted to self-destruction”.
Stating that he had tried in vain to convince Jadhav from deserting the Congress he said that “People of the state will punish him for his immoral act”. Mr Jadhav has submitted his resignation letter to Karnataka Assembly speaker Ramesh Kumar in his Srinivaspur residence in Kolar district.
Congress party had sought disqualification of Mr. Jadhav under the Anti-Defection Law for skipping two legislature party meetings. Kalaburgi reports quoting sources close to Mr. Jadhav said he had already made up his mind to join BJP and the party had assured him the Lok Sabha ticket to contest against Mr. Kharge from Kalaburgi reserved segment. Incidentally, Mr. Kharge in his 55-year long political life has not lost a single election. He had won the Lok Sabha seat 2014 with a margin of about 75,000 votes.