A week after he met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, the JD(S) leader Kalale Keshavamurthy on Tuesday announced that he is quitting JD(S) to join Congress.
He is said to be the Congress nominee for Nanjangud by-polls, which Siddaramaiah believes, will tilt the balance in favour of the party given his long-term association with the people of the constituency. Keshavamurthy has contested twice to the Assembly elections from the reserved Nanjangud segment from JD(S). He lost by 8,900 votes to Congress candidate V Srinivas Prasad in 2013 polls.
Prasad’s resignation from the Assembly necessitated the by-poll, which is likely to be held in early March. The poll calendar is expected later this week.
Keshavamurthy, 54, has met his supporters in Nanjangud and told them about his meeting with the chief minister last week. “I have been invited to join Congress and strengthen the party and hence, contesting against BJP’s Prasad,” he added.
“I have quit JD(S) to join Congress following an invite. I will wait for the Congress’ leaders’ move,” Keshavamurthy said. “I’ve quit JD(S) informing the party activists and leaders,” he added.
When contacted, Mysuru District Congress Committee chief B J Vijaykumar said “The induction of Keshavamurthy into the party is being discussed by the chief minister and at the KPCC level. We will move ahead following their direction.”