Another Cong MLA in Karnataka to resign

Malikayya Guttedar, representing Afzalpur, told a news agency that he was "unhappy about the affairs of the Congress and the party has sidelined him".

Gulbarga: In yet another setback to Congress in Karnataka, one more MLA on Sunday said he has decided to resign from his Assembly membership, the third legislator to leave
the party which accused ruling BJP of poaching to shore up its numbers.

Malikayya Guttedar, representing Afzalpur, told a news agency that he was "unhappy about the affairs of the Congress and the party has sidelined him".

Guttedar said he would meet Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President RV Deshpande tomorrow to inform him about his decision to quit.

Two Congress MLAs had resigned last week causing embarrassment to the party at a time when the BJP government was facing a crisis and had faced floor tests twice after 16
MLAs, including five independents, withdrew support to the first ever BJP government in the south.

One JDS MLA had abstained during the trust vote and later quit the Assembly membership, bringing down the opposition strength to 98 -- Congress 71 and JDS 27 -- in the 224-member Assembly with BJP having 105 members, excluding the Speaker.

Sixteen MLAs had been disqualified and the matter is now before the Karnataka High Court.

PTI

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