New Delhi,  April 9: With the Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 around the corner, it seems local leaders in the state are trying to secure their political career by jumping parties. A bizarre case of defection was reported from Mangaluru where a local Congress leader quit his party to join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the morning and later returned to his old party in the evening.

Sundara Devinagara was welcomed to the BJP at a function in the morning by U Rajesh Naik, who will be contesting from Bantwal constituency against state Forests Minister B Ramanath Rai. Naik handed over the BJP flag to Sundara during the function.

But giving an interesting twist to the story, Devinagara rejoined the grand old party at another programme held at Mani. If reports are to be believed, Devinagara rejoined Congres  after extensive talks with party leaders. he was welcomed by many Congress leaders including Prakash Shetty Thumbe. (Also Read: Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 to be Held on May 12, Results on May 15; Here’s All You Need to Know)

 Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: 

Karnataka will go to polls on May 12 and the results will be declared three days later on May 15, the Election Commission announced on March 27. The 224-member Assembly expires on May 28 in the state where the Congress is currently in power, with 122 seats against the BJP’s 43.

The major national parties contesting the elections are Indian National Congress (INC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Janata Dal and Janata Dal (Secular). Apart from that, several regional parties like Coorg National Council, Kannad Chalavali Vatal Paksha, Karnataka Congress Party, Karnataka Kranti Ranga and Karnataka Vikas Party are influential among their respective castes.