Special Correspondent

CHICKBALLAPUR: Senior Congress leader and Chickballapur MP R.L. Jalappa has decided to stay away from the rally organised by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) in his home town Doddaballapur in Bangalore Rural district on Monday. Although senior Congress leaders and the KPCC President-designate R.V. Deshpande have extended a formal invitation to Mr. Jalappa to the meeting, he has decided to keep away.

Sources close to Mr. Jalappa told The Hindu here on Friday that he felt that his presence at the rally would cause embarrassment not only to him but also to the party as his son J. Narasimha Swamy, had resigned as Congress MLA and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The Congress had decided to hold the meeting at Doddaballapur as a prelude to the by-election to the Assembly from the Chickballapur Lok Sabha constituency and also to gear up the party for the by-elections from other constituencies. On the other hand, Mr. Jalappa is reported to have decided to resign as MP. It is even said that he has already submitted his resignation to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and is likely to go to Delhi after October 10 and formally resign his Lok Sabha membership, the sources said.