The former City Police Commissioner Shankar M. Bidari, who joined the Samajwadi Party (SP) in the run-up to the byelections to Bangalore Rural and Mandya Lok Sabha constituencies, quit the party on Saturday.

Addressing presspersons, he said he would decide about his future course of action after October 21. “I have forwarded my resignation letter to the party’s national president, Mulayam Singh Yadav,” he said.

Mr. Bidari, who joined the Congress in the run-up to the Assembly elections, quit that party disappointed with the “treatment meted out to him” and joined the SP. Subsequently he was made the party’s State chief. However, he was once again disappointed after the party replaced him with Babagouda Patil.

Mr. Bidari said that he would have vacated his position in favour of Mr. Babagouda Patil had the party consulted him.

Though the party made him a member of the national executive, he refused to accept it, as he was keen on building the party from the grassroots, he said.


He said he was undecided on whether to join any other party or float a new party. “I had planned to announce a new party today, but postponed my decision following advice of my supporters and well-wishers. Any how, I will make known my future plans after October 21,” he said.