Missing Karnataka Congress legislator resigns

Chennai: The Congress legislator in Karnataka, Umesh Jadhav, who went missing for several weeks during the political turmoil in the State, resigned from the party today.

He submitted his resignation to the state assembly speaker. Jadhav is a two-time legislator from Chincholi constituency in North Karnataka’s Kalaburagi district. He submitted his resignation letter without giving any explanation.

“Jadhav submitted his resignation letter to Kumar earlier in the day at the latter’s house in Kolar town near Bengaluru,” a Congress official told. Umesh Jadhav and three other Congress legislators – Ramesh Jarkiholi, B Nagendra and Mahesh Kumtahalli surfaced in Bengaluru last month, weeks after they went missing.

The Congress had recommended their disqualification to the assembly speaker. The four leaders had kept the party on tenterhooks for several weeks, skipping the budget session of Karnataka assembly last month and defying the party’s instructions to attend the two meetings of its legislators on 18 January and 8 February.

NT Bureau