The former Minister and five-time MLA Malikaya Guttedar has decided to resign from the Congress and from the Legislative Assembly. He has, however, clarified that he is not a victim of ‘Operation Lotus' and will not join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Mr. Guttedar speaking to this correspondent over telephone from Bangalore said that the main reason for his decision to resign from the Congress was the “suffocating atmosphere” in the party and the systematic neglect of the party affairs by Union Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge and the former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh.
“Both Mr. Kharge and Mr. Singh had tried to deny party ticket to me during 2004 and 2008 Assembly elections,” Mr. Guttedar said.
“I am a five-time MLA and I do not have any respect in the party. I have not been consulted on any of the decisions taken by both these leaders.”
Mr. Guttedar said that he would meet Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Siddaramaiah in Bangalore on Monday before submitting his resignation.
“Both Mr. Singh and Mr. Kharge do not want Mr. Siddaramaiah to become the Chief Minister,” he charged.
Mr. Guttedar accused Mr. Kharge of not nominating members recommended by him to different bodies in the Union Government.
After Mr. Kharge became the Union Minister, 28 nominations were made to different bodies in the Government. “I had recommended a Congress worker belonging to backward community for nomination. However, Mr. Kharge did not oblige.”