Bengaluru, Mar 29 (PTI) Senior Congress leader and MLA Malikayya Venkayya Guttedar today announced his decision to quit the ruling party and join the BJP ahead of the May 12 assembly polls in Karnataka. Also Read - 'So Jaa Nahi Toh Gabbar Aa Jayega', Anurag Thakur Makes 'Jungle Raj' Jibe To Warn Bihar Voters

Guttedar, a six-time MLA from Afzalpur and a former minister, was unhappy with the party and its state leadership over Chief Minister Siddaramaiah not considering him for ministership. Also Read - Manusmriti Remarks Row: BJP's Khushbu Sundar Detained on Way to Protest Against VCK's Thirumavalavan

Guttedar, who met state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa today, said he spoke to the chief minister on the phone before taking the decision. Also Read - After 'Baba Ka Dhaba', Help Pours in For Elderly Man Who Sells Plants on The Roadside in Bengaluru

“There was confusion over which party to join. I have decided to join the BJP under the leadership of Yeddyurappa,” Guttedar told reporters here.

He said he would join the BJP in the presence of party national president Amit Shah during his visit to Mysuru on March 30 and 31.

Guttedar said many of his supporters would also join the BJP.

He said he joined the BJP “unconditionally” to strengthen Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party’s chief ministerial candidate Yeddyurappa’s leadership.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.