‘Some leaders are humiliating me in the Congress’
MYSORE: After meeting Union Minister for Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Mani Shankar Aiyar at Nanjangud on Tuesday, the former minister and disgruntled Congress leader M. Mahadev, who is being lured by various political parties, met writer D. Javare Gowda here on Wednesday and reportedly sought his opinion on his next political move.
Mr. Aiyer, who was at Nanjangud in connection with the visit of the General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee, Rahul Gandhi, went to Mr. Mahadev’s residence and spent about 20 minutes with him.
Mr. Mahadev told The Hindu that though it was a courtesy call, Mr. Aiyar said that the Congress did not want to lose leaders like him, who had been serving it for the past three decades. The Minister said that he would talk to the leaders concerned in the party on retaining him in the party.
Mr. Mahadev said that he was meeting his supporters, writers and well-wishers to decide on his next political move.
“I am seeking people’s opinion. Mr. Javare Gowda told me that leaders like me should be in active politics and serve the people,” he added.
However, he evaded questions on whether he had discussed his plans of quitting the Congress for being “neglected” after the entry of the former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and the former Union Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad into it.
“Some leaders are deliberately humiliating me in the party. I was sidelined and the Block Congress Committee of Nanjangud was not taken into confidence while organising big events such as Rahul Gandhi’s visit,” Mahadev said.
He said that he was meeting the AICC General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka, Prithviraj Chauhan, in Bangalore on March 29.
Mr. Mahadev will organise his supporters’ meeting in Chamarajnagar on March 28.