Congress MLA Umesh Jadhav on Monday tendered his resignation to the Karnataka Assembly speaker K R Ramesh Kumar and removes himself from the Congress party.
Jadhav has been elected twice from Chincholi constituency in Kalaburagi district.
A Congress party member reported, “Jadhav submitted his resignation letter to Kumar earlier in the day at the latter’s house in Kolam town near Bengaluru.”
Previously, Jadhav along with 3 Congress MLAs had went missing for several weeks during the political vandalism in the Karnataka state. They had also skipped the state’s Budget session on February 8 and didn’t attend party MLA meetings.
Jadhav’s self exit has now reduced the Congress-JD(S) alignment strength to 116 seats in the assembly.
Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao said of Jadhav, “He grew because of the Congress and we did not do any injustice to him. He betrayed the party for his selfish needs.”
He added, “As far as I know nobody else is planning to leave the party.”