Addressing a press conference today at his residence, former chief Minister Siddaramaiah today resigned from his position as the leader of congress legislature party taking the moral responsibility for the party’s defeat in bypolls in Karnataka.
Dinesh Gundu Rao also resigned from his position as Karnataka Congress president.
The Congress’s defeat was a major blow to Siddaramaiah.
Speaking to the press, Siddaramaiah said, “I believe in democracy. In these 15 segments, the voters have delivered their verdict and I respect and accept it. My expectation was that the voters would reject those who defected and betrayed their own parties. I had expected that the voters will teach them a lesson. But my expectation has fallen flat today. I accept the people’s verdict. As the leader of the Congress Legislature Party, there are a few things I have to uphold and hence, I resign from my post as leader of the Congress Legislature Party.”
Siddaramaiah said that he will be sending his resignation letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Karnataka in-charge KC Venugopal and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President Dinesh Gundu Rao.
Within an hour of Siddaramaiah resignation, Dinesh Gundu Rao also announced his resignation and addressed the media-
The results were announced on Monday and the BJP won 12 seats while the Congress won two seats. The JD(S) did not win a single seat in the bye-polls.
17 congress and JD(S) MLAs resigned and brought down the coalition government in August this year. After which BJP came into power. The vacant constituencies went for elections on December 5.
Congress was hoping the issue of disqualified MLAs would work in its favour and unseat BJP from power.
Congress tried to derive sympathy from DK Shivkumar arrest but after the results, it looks like the people were not impressed.
DK Shivakumar said that “people have accepted defector”.
Now with these bye elections, BJP has solidified its entry in South India and Congress only remaining stronghold is gone.