As dates for Polling for General elections were announced Congress, which is the coalition partner with JDS in Karnataka, suffered a setback as Former Minister and Hyderabad-Karnataka Horata Samiti President Vaijnath Patil has tendered his resignation to the primary membership of Congress party and deciding to support Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Confirming his move, Mr. Patil on Sunday said that he has already sent his resignation letter to Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President Dinesh Gundurao on March 8. He alleged that the Coalition government in the State has not implemented Article 371 (J) in true spirit and funds were not fully released for the Hyderabad-Karnataka Development Board (HKRDB).
Stating that he would support BJP candidate in the Lok Saha election, Mr. Patil alleged that “Congress deceived the people of the region as it did not want full implementation of the Special status according to the region by amending the Constitution and introducing Article 371 (J).
Mr. Patil had represented Chincholi constituency twice in the Legislative Assembly and also served as a Minister in H D Deve Gowda’s Cabinet. He had contested against former Chief Minister late N Dharam Singh in 1980 Lok Sabha election as a Janata Party candidate and was defeated by over 1 lakh votes.