KPCC member quits Congress in support of Krishna

Ravindra Srikantaiah, a member of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee and a close confidante of former chief minister S M Krishna, has resigned from the primary membership of the Congress party. Speaking to reporters, after holding a discussion with his supporters, Ravindra said that he was upset with the way the Congress treated a veteran leader such as Krishna. “I have sent my resignation letter to KPCC president and will not withdraw it at any cost,” he asserted.

He explained that his family is in politics since 1952, but the Congress has been meting out injustice to them. “I was promised Congress ticket in 2008, but another candidate was chosen in the last minute. I had to face a similar situation in 2013. The developments in the Congress after 2005 has upset many honest party workers”, he added.

Answering a query, Ravindra said he had not decided about joining either the BJP or the JD(S). “No party has approached me so far. I will take a decision after watching the next move of Krishna. Minister D K Shivakumar and myself belong to Krishna’s ‘garadi’. However, I do not know anything about Shivakumar’s decision,” he said. Supporting his resignation, seven Congress members of the taluk panchayat too tendered their resignations.

They are, T M Devegowda of Tadagavadi, Ramakrishna of T M Hosuru, K Umesh of Mundugadore, B H Komala of Belagola, D Saraswathi of Palahalli, Bharathi of Chikka Ankanahalli and Bharathi Harshavardhan of Nelamane.

Meanwhile, a meeting of Congress workers was held in Maddur, where they decided to tender masse resignation en masse, in support of Krishna. KPCC member S Gurucharan, who addressed the workers, said, office-bearers and presidents of all divisions, including block Congress, should fax their resignation letters to KPCC president G Parameshwara. A meeting, presided over by Krishna, would be convened soon to discuss about mass resignation, he added.

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