Diarytimes Media Network, Shimla Published by : Kumud Sharma, Updated April 17, 2023 by Diary Times
Former Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has joined the Congress. Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge got him party membership. Please inform that Jagadish Shettar had resigned from BJP on Sunday itself. Since then there were talks that Shettar might join the Congress. While resigning from the BJP, Shettar had said that he had resigned from the party with a heavy heart. He had said that he would soon reveal his future plans, adding that he would contest the assembly elections.
I am wholeheartedly joining Congress. I was contacted by Congress leaders including DK Shivakumar, Siddaramaiah, Randeep Surjewala and MB Patil. When they invited me, I came without any second thought: Jagadish Shettar after joining Congress
In the presence of party president Mallikarjun Kharge, KPCC president DK Shivakumar & Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala, Siddaramaiah at the party office in Bengaluru. Jagadish Shettar resigned from BJP yesterday.
“Yesterday I left BJP and today I joined the Congress party. Many are surprised as an opposition leader, former CM and party president is joining Congress. BJP has given me every position and being a party worker I always worked for the party’s growth,” says Jagadish Shettar after joining Congress
“I thought being a senior leader, I’ll get the ticket, but when I came to know that I’m not getting it, I was shocked. No one spoke to me nor tried to convince me, not even gave assurance about what position will I get,” says Jagadish Shettar after joining Congress.
I welcome former CM Jagadish Shettar to our party. He is known as a decent politician in Karnataka. Though he’s from RSS, he’s a secular person. I worked with him as the opposition leader and he was the opposition leader when I was CM. He was an honest party worker in BJP and always stood with the party, not for personal gain: Congress leader Siddaramaiah
Lingayat community is a big community in Karnataka, they (BJP) accept BS Yediyurappa as their leader, and Jagadish Shettar was always in the second position. They also disrespected Yediyurappa by bringing him down from the CM post, which is why he cried when he resigned: Congress leader Siddaramaiah