Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: The former Minister and Congress leader, M. Shivanna joining the Janata Dal (Secular) has become almost certain. Mr. Shivanna (not to be confused with the JD(S) MP who resigned from the Lok Sabha to join the Congress on Thursday) sent in his resignation from the primary membership of the Congress to Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president R.V. Deshpande on Friday.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Shivanna said that in view of party sidelining him after the 2008 Assembly elections, his supporters were pressuring him to join the Janata Dal (Secular) and he would take a decision after convening a meeting of his supporters on Sunday.

He said that he worked selflessly for the development of the Congress for nearly 30 years, but, of late the party started sidelining him. He admitted that he approached both State and central leaders to provide him an opportunity to contest from Chamarajanagar (Reserved) Parliamentary Constituency, but there was no positive response from them.

The Janata Dal (Secular) is wooing Mr. Shivanna. after the party’s dismal performance in 2008 Assembly elections. Sources in the party disclosed that Janata Dal (Secular) State unit chief H.D. Kumaraswamy held talks with Mr. Shivanna. It is also said that that party is considering fielding Mr. Shivanna from the Chamarajanagar Parliamentary Constituency.