Pratap Gowda Patil, Congress MLA from Maski, has expressed his intent to the join the BJP. The formality is set to take place after Speaker Ramesh Kumar accepts the resignations.
Bengaluru: The signs are evident. The collapse of the coalition seems imminent. Pratap Gowda Patil, the Congress MLA from Maski, Raichuru, Karnataka, who resigned with other MLAs on Saturday (July 6) is camping at a resort in Mumbai.
Now, as the disgruntled elements blame the coalition, Pratap Gowda is all set to join the BJP.
He said to a local TV channel, “We are waiting for the Speaker to accept our resignations. Once that happens, I will formally join the BJP.”
However, he made it clear that he did not have issues with chief minister HD Kumaraswamy. He said, “I am fine with the chief minister. But internal matters in the Congress have forced me to resign.”
Adding that his region has been sidelined in the present government, he added that in spite of being a senior leader, he had been relegated
He said, “I am a senior leader. But I have not been made a minister. It has hurt me.”
The MLA also said that the collective opinion of his people was that he should resign and join the BJP.
The leader also said that the disgruntled elements would return in a day or two. He also said that no Congressmen contacted him to solve the crisis.
Not just Pratap Gowda, even BC Patil, the Congress MLA from Hirekerur has resigned from his post.
On Saturday (July 6) as many as 13 MLAs from the ruling coalition tendered their resignations. It came as a rude shock to many of the politicians here. In fact, DK Shivakumar, considered to be the trouble-shooter for the Congress, rushed to the Vidhana Soudha (secretariat building), but it was of no use as the disgruntled elements stuck to their guns.
While the mess continues, CM Kumaraswamy, who was in the United States, is rushing to the state.
Last Updated 12:41 PM IST