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Lok Sabha 2019 Election: Congress Umesh Jadhav Resigns, Likely To Join BJP

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| March 4 , 2019 , 13:40 IST

Congress Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from chincholi, Gulbarga district in Karnataka Umesh Jadhav submitted his resignation on Monday.

According to political observers, the disgruntled MLA is likely to contest against Congress heavyweight Mallikarjun Kharge, the current leader of the party in Lok Sabha, from the Gulbarga seat in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

The tiff between the Jadhavs and the Kharges is not new. Incidentally, Umesh had made his displeasure known after he failed to get a ministerial role, while Priyank Kharge, a first-time MLA, was inducted into the cabinet by then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in 2013. Even CM HD Kumaraswamy in the coalition government in 2018 did not induct Umesh into his cabinet while Priyank made the cut again.

Jadhav has been two-time MLA from the Chincholi constituency.

According to media reports, Jadhav is expected to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) soon and could be fielded against senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge from the Gulbarga seat in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government in Karnataka has been accusing the BJP of trying to lure their MLAs into the saffron camp.

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Last month, BJP leader and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, was purportedly recorded trying to entice a JD(S) MLA’s son at a government guest house in Devdurga in Raichur.

Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy released the clip claiming it was proof of the BJP’s attempts to topple the JD(S)-Congress government in the state.