Nanjangud JD(S) chief to join Cong

Taluk JD(S) president Kalale Keshavamurthy on Tuesday announced that he will officially join the Congress in a few days.

Speaking to reporters here, Keshavamurthy said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has invited him to join Congress. “I have held discussions with my supporters and have taken a decision in this regard,” he added. He said he had met the chief minister in Bengaluru recently. “The chief minister first enquired whether I have informed JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda and state president H D Kumaraswamy about leaving the party and then extended invitation to join the Congress,” he said.

Keshavamurthy said that he had met Gowda after the bypolls became certain in Nanjangud, following the resignation of minister V Srinivas Prasad, who left the Congress and joined the BJP.

“Deve Gowda told me about the lack of resources to contest the election for just 10 months. So, I had told Gowda about the invitation from the Congress. He assured me of not fielding a JD(S) candidate and wished me good luck. I have also spoken to Kumaraswamy and explained about the aspirations of the people ,” he added.

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