Congress legislator in Karnataka who had gone “missing” for several weeks during the political turmoil in the state resigned from the party today. Umesh Jadhav submitted his resignation to the state assembly speaker. The Congress called him a “betrayer” and that he had “already sold himself to the BJP”.
Mr Jadhav is a two-time legislator from Chincholi constituency in north Karnataka’s Kalaburagi district.
He submitted his resignation letter without giving any explanation. “Jadhav submitted his resignation letter to Kumar earlier in the day at the latter’s house in Kolar town near Bengaluru,” a Congress official told news agency IANS.
Umesh Jadhav and three other Congress legislators – Ramesh Jarkiholi, B Nagendra and Mahesh Kumtahalli – surfaced in Bengaluru last month, weeks after they went “missing”. The Congress had recommended their disqualification to the assembly speaker.
“Dr Umesh Jadhav’s resignation was a forgone conclusion because he had already sold himself to the BJP. He is leaving the Congress party for his selfish motives. He can be called a betrayer,” Karnataka Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao told reporters.