New Delhi, June 4: Taking moral responsibility for Congress’ unsatisfactory performance in the recently concluded assembly elections, top party leader SR Patil has resigned as Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee working president. On May 25, Patil has reportedly sent his resignation letter to Rahul Gandhi, but the Congress president is yet to reply to the letter as he is abroad. Also Read - PM Hailing Farm Laws Shows Govt 'Drunk With Power' in Face of Protests: Congress
Speaking to reporters at Hubballi airport yesterday, Patil said,“The Congress high command reposed faith in me and gave me responsibility to ensure victories in as many as constituencies in north Karnataka. However, I could not ensure victory of the Congress candidates. Hence, I have decided resign.” Also Read - Against All Odds: The Inspirational Journey of Karnataka’s First Trans-woman Doctor
But party insiders have different story to narrate. As per a report of Times of India, party insiders claimed that the “ill-treatment” meted out to Patil after the Karnataka Assembly election results is the reason behind his resignation. Talking to a daily, a Congress leader said,”He was not consulted or involved in talks that led to the Congress-JD(S) alliance. Also, his efforts to become deputy CM under the Lingayat quota failed. He has been miffed since then.” Also Read - Karnataka to Get New CM? State BJP Chief Clears Air
However, Patil rubbished the Congress’ leader’s claim saying he was neither upset with anyone in the party nor aspiring for any post. He also stated that he is not expecting a ministerial berth and will remain a disciplined worker of the party.
Notably, 69-year-old Patil had been the minister in the previous Siddaramiah government. He served as the Minister for Infrastructure, information technology, biotechnology, science and technology, planning and statistics in the state government.