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Split in Karnataka Congress

After internal turmoil in the ruling BJP, now its the turn of opposition Congress in Karnataka.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2012 08:11 IST

After internal turmoil in the ruling BJP, now its the turn of opposition Congress in Karnataka. The split in Congress came to the fore with opposition leader Siddaramaiah deciding to resign from his post after the high command denied tickets to his supporters in the coming Legislative Council election on June 10 and 11.

Siddaramaiah suggested his loyal CM Ibrahim as one of the candidates among the four seats. But the list of candidates announced by KPCC President Dr G Parameshwar did not had Ibrahim’s name. Motamma, Iqbal Ahmed Saradgi, K Govindaraju and MR Seetharam were selected as the nominees from the Congress. This has come as a huge setback to Siddaramaiah, who is eyeing on the CM’s post in the coming assembly election.

In a late night development, Siddaramaiah held a meeting of his supporters at his residence and in the meeting, it is said that Siddaramaiah decided to resign from the opposition leader’s post. Reportedly, he has already sent the resignation letter to party Supremo Sonia Gandhi via fax. After the meeting, Ibrahim, who is also a former Union minister for civil aviation, told media that Siddaramaiah was upset with the development.

“The state Congress in-charge Madhusudan Mistry had promised of supporting Siddaramaiah. But he has not kept his words. This will have impact on the party in the coming days.”

However, Siddaramaiah and Parameshwar were not available for comment.