Cong not keen on admitting him: Kharge

It will not be a cakewalk for Yeddyurappa if he wants to join the Congress, Union Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters at the Hubli airport, Kharge - who was in the city to attend a programme - said the former chief minister should first quit the BJP and fill the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) application form seeking membership. “A number of leaders are waiting in a long queue outside the Congress office seeking membership.”

The Congress high command would think about whether to induct him into the party or not, as he is allegedly involved in land scams.

Kharge said with Yeddyurappa setting a deadline for the high command to give him a suitable position and with the high command making it clear that Sadananda Gowda would continue as chief minister, there was a likelihood of the former chief minister quitting the BJP.

The Union minister predicted that the Assembly would be dissolved and fresh polls announced in the light of the rift in the BJP.

The saffron party’s government had failed to provide good governance in the State, Kharge said.

To another query, Kharge said Congress should not be held responsible if the BJP government collapsed.

“There are differences among the leaders in every party, including Congress. The senior leaders should take the initiative and solve the problems for the good of the party,” he said.

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