Belagavi strongman and five times Congress legislator from Gokak, Karnataka, Ramesh Jarkiholi, has hinted at resigning from party indicating trouble to HD Kumaraswamy-headed government. And, it's not just Ramesh Jarkiholi.
Bengaluru: A day after being dropped from HD Kumaraswamy Cabinet, Belagavi strongman Ramesh L Jarkiholi on Sunday threatened to quit the party.
Speaking to MyNation, Ramesh Jarkiholi in a telephonic conversation, said, "I have now reached Bengaluru. About my resignation and next course of action, I will announce later."
Jarkiholi had earlier said that there are other legislators, who are in touch with him and said that he wouldn't disclose the number now. He also told reporters at Gokak falls that he had been planning to quit the party for the past three months. My next step will be good for the people of Belagavi district and the state, Jarkiholi said.
Sources said Jarkiholi, who shares a good equation with few Maharastra BJP leaders, has been requested to dislodge the Karnataka government. Apart from Jarkiholi, Mahesh Kamatalli, Athani MLA, Srimanth Patil from Kagawad, Pratap Gowda Patil, BC Patil, Hirekerur MLA, Bheema Naik, HB Halli MLA, Umesh Jadhav from Chincholi, B Nagendra, Kudalgi MLA, and Anand Singh from Vijayanagar may follow in the footsteps of Ramesh Jarkiholi. Apart from these, Congress MLC Vivekrao Patil may also quit in support of Jarkiholi.
Another major disgruntled leader is Ramalinga Reddy, who even blamed HD Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah for disallowing him into the Cabinet.
Meanwhile, Karnataka's Congress president Dinesh Gundurao has been advising the MLAs to "keep calm". Siddaramaiah vehemently said that Jarkiholi would not leave the Congress camp.
The opposition camp has so far maintained that their focus is on Lok Sabha elections and not state politics for now.
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Last Updated Dec 24, 2018, 3:38 PM IST