Bengaluru: In what could spell trouble for the Karnataka Congress, MLA Dr Umesh Jadhav on Monday resigned from the party membership.
Jadhav submitted his resignation to the Assembly Speaker. Reports have been rife that Jadhav, the MLA from Chincholi, might join the BJP now.
A leading daily said that a formal announcement on Jadhav being propped as the BJP candidate from Kalaburagi constituency could be expected to be made when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Kalaburgi this week.
A source told the daily that Jadhav had already consulted senior Supreme Court advocates to find out if his move will invite provisions of the anti-defection law and was advised that he could resign as MLA.
Jadhav’s resignation comes a couple of days before PM Modi’s visit on Wednesday.
The Congress has been in trouble since reports of a rift with the ruling ally, the JD(S), came up. Then, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy alleged that the BJP was luring the legislators by offering a bribe.
A fortnight ago, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and senior Congress leader G Parameshwara also created a furore by alleging that he was denied the post of the chief minister three times because he belonged to a Dalit community. He added, “I reluctantly accepted the deputy CM’s post, which I was not interested in.”
Speaking of other Dalit leaders who were denied crucial portfolios or ranks, senior Congress leader Parameshwara said, “P K Basavalingappa and K H Ranganath missed the chief minister’s post. Current sitting MP from Kalaburagi Mallikarjun Kharge also couldn’t become CM. I missed it thrice. Somehow, I was made deputy CM.”
A daily quoted Parameshwara speaking at the event, “Dalit leaders were not given a chance to be CM. Dalits are being discriminated at the government level too. Even though reservation is facilitated, there has been injustice in promotions.”