Senior JD(S) leader and former minister M C Nanaiah, who had fuelled speculations about his next political move, has finally decided to accept Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's invitation to join the Congress.
Speaking to DH on Saturday, Nanaiah said that he had taken the decision after much deliberation. "I am doing this mainly because of my followers who were worried about their political future. Also, my relationship with Siddaramaiah is long standing one."
He will be joining the Congress in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi in Mysuru on March 25. Nanaiah, who was with the Congress, had quit the party in the Eighties. Two former JD(S) MLCs, Sarovar Srinivas and B Ramakrishna too are joining the Congress the same day.
The trio's induction into the Congress will happen alongside the seven JD(S) rebel MLAs -- B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan, H C Balakrishna, N Cheluvarayaswamy, Akhanda Srinivasmurthy, Iqbal Ansari, Bheema Naik and Ramesh Bandisiddegowda.
Though Nanaiah did not elaborate on the reasons for his decision, sources in the party said he was deeply upset and hurt with JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy's conduct towards him. Kumaraswamy had taken a jibe at Nanaiah for accepting the government's invitation to head the expert panel on women and child safety in August 2014. He had accused that Nanaiah, desperate to ensure his political survival, had accepted the committee chairman's post. Nanaiah had subsequently resigned from the post in March 2015.