Will decide soon on quitting party, says Congress rebel MLA

Bengaluru: “I have said what I had to yesterday and today, I will not say anything more in front of media. I’m firm on my stand.. you will have to wait for my result.. you will get good news in a few days,” said rebelling Congress MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi yesterday.

He was only technically in Congress and that his resignation was delayed as those legislators who were with him wanted to quit in bulk. He would make a decision soon after holding discussions with him.

Jarkiholi, however, did neither give details of how many were with him nor any specific date. “I can’t say anything as I’m still in Congress, I cannot speak against Congress,”  he was quoted saying when asked whether he was doing this to destabilise the coalition party.

Speaking to reporters yesterday from Belagavi, Ramesh accused his brother and Forest minister Satish Jarkiholi of cheating him and said he was heading for Bengaluru and would resign by yesterday itself.

The former minister was dropped by the H D Kumaraswamy-led Congress-JD(S) coalition cabinet in December during the cabinet shuffling, in which eight new ministers, including Satish were inducted.

“I was cheated by Satish Jarkiholi and no one else, he (Satish) came home and cried saying don’t sit thinking you have become Minister, we will face setback politically if we don’t act now. He was the one who started it, but now is projecting himself as loyal Congress man. Because of such people, the Congress has come to such a situation today….hecheated me and became the Minister,” said Ramesh.

The Gokak MLA also said he would contest the by-election that will be necessitated by his resignation from the assembly segment itself, but would opt for Yemkanmardi, currently represented by Satish during the next election. Ramesh was accused of hobnobbing with the BJP, and not attending cabinet and party meetings, he was

Ramesh Jarkiholi has been claiming the support of a sizeable chunk of party MLAs and had come under the party’s scanner over reports that the BJP was trying to tap him to remove the Kumaraswamy government.

NT Bureau