Bengaluru: Karnataka North Congress working President SR Patil on Sunday tendered his resignation on moral grounds owing to party’s performance in recent assembly elections in the state.
“I have sent my resignation to Shri Rahul Gandhiji through an email some days back after taking up moral responsibility for the party’s unsatisfactory performance in assembly elections,” Patil told reporters in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Patil has sent his resignation letter to Congress President Rahul Gandhi. The party high command Gandhi is yet to respond to Patil’s resignation.
Patil (69) had been the minister in the previous Siddaramiah government. He served as the Minister for Infrastructure, information technology, biotechnology, science and technology, planning and statistics in the state government.
The development comes in the wake of suggestions floated by Congress leaders that those who served as ministers for two terms in the previous governments be deputed for party work.
“The downfall of the empire that was built after mocking people’s mandate has begun. @INCKarnataka senior leader Sri. S R Patil resigns. This is only the beginning of the downfall of power hungry government,” BJP Karnataka said on its twitter handle.
JDS and Congress had stitched up a post-poll alliance at the state level after the recent assembly polls yielded a fractured mandate with BJP emerging as the single largest party with 104 members, falling short of the required numbers.
Kumaraswamy was sworn in as chief minister on May 23. Two days later on May 25, he proved the majority on the floor of the assembly.