Prasad, Hegde quitting Congress will not affect party: KPCC chief

Prasad, Hegde quitting Congress will not affect party: KPCC chief

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G Parameshwara on Sunday said that senior leaders V Srinivas Prasad and Jayaprakash Hegde’s decision to quit the party will not have any bearing on the Congress.

The Congress will find an able leader to contest the ensuing byelection to the Nanjungud Assembly constituency, which fell vacant following former minister Prasad’s resignation as a Congress MLA a few months ago, the KPCC chief told journalists who sought his reaction to Prasad quitting the Congress.

Prasad, a prominent Dalit leader in Mysuru, is scheduled to join the BJP in Bengaluru on Monday.

He quit the Congress after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah dropped him from the Cabinet a few months ago. Former Congress MP from Udupi-Chikkamagaluru Jayaprakash Hegde is also planning to join the BJP.

Congress candidate

Parameshwara said that the Congress high command has appointed observers to shortlist candidates for the Nanjangud bypoll.

The party will soon finalise the candidate. Besides, the party in the state has begun the process of appointing new office-bearers of the KPCC and the district units, he added.

Parameshwara, who is also the Home Minister, described as ‘routine administrative exercise’ the government’s decision to transfer many senior IPS officers and appoint a new chief to the Anti-Corruption Bureau.

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