Miffed Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy triggered crisis for state government

Bengaluru, Jul 11 (IANS): Veteran Congress legislator R Ramalinga Reddy triggered the crisis for the barely year-old JD-S-Congress-coalition government in Karnataka by resigning his assembly seat and refusing to withdraw. The cause - discontent over denial of a ministerial berth.

An eight-time lawmaker from BTM Layout in the city's southern suburbs, the 66-year-old Reddy was Home and Transport Minister in the previous Siddaramaiah-led Congress government (2013-18).

In the 2018 Assembly polls, Reddy also ensured his daughter Sowmya Reddy's victory from the adjacent and high-profile Jayanagar segment for the first time.

Though Reddy got re-elected from the same constituency and helped the party win 14 of Bengaluru's 28 assembly seats against 3 by its then rival Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and 11 by the Bharatiya Janata Party, denial of a cabinet post in the coalition government had indeed "upset" him.

"While other senior and junior legislators were made cabinet ministers, Reddy was ignored despite building the party in the city, which the BJP has been dominating in the Lok Sabha elections over the last two decades," a political analyst told IANS here.

When Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy expanded the ministry on December 22, 2018, and the Congress filled its share of 22 berths, Reddy was again denied his due, which made him lash out at the party's state leaders, without naming any of them.

His dramatic resignation from the assembly, along with eight other party legislators on July 6 jolted the party, as he refused to withdraw it despite the Congress promising him even the Deputy Chief Minister's post as a reward for his seniority and contribution to the grand old party.

"I have not resigned from the party but from my constituency as I am unable to do justice to the people due to lack of development and funds to improve civic amenities," Reddy had told reporters when asked reasons for quitting.

Asserting that he never aspired or lobbied for a minister's post in the present or past governments, Reddy said he was "hurt" by the party's leadership neglecting him and other senior leaders like H.K. Patil despite contributing so much to it.

While Reddy stayed away from the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting on Tuesday, Sowmya attended a day after meeting UPA Chairperson and former party chief Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday.

According to sources, Sowmya, however, is also mulling to resign her assembly seat in protest against the way her father was treated by the party.

Refuting reports that he had resigned at the behest of the opposition BJP and would join it soon, Reddy said he would remain loyal to the Congress as he had been over the last four decades.



Comment on this article

  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    This traitor reddy has been offered governor post in karnataka by amit shah, that y all drama,

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  • Edward, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Dont be surprised if HDK resigns and gives outside support to congress.
    meanwhile there is a tussle for the CM post in congress between the siddu group and the DKS/Kharge group.
    All this resignation was part of this game.
    BJP had a very minor role in this.

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  • Dr.S.Kamath, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    I think Ramalinga Reddy s concerns are genuine and not motovated ny BJP at all
    Even some English TV channels have reported this fact
    MTB Nagaraj also said yesterday he was fed up of the way Govt was functioning eventhough he was minister .He said he is going to retire from politics

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  • Sms, Kundapura

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Let all the opposition resign and join BJP. Then it will be a virodhi mukth Bharat.
    Let all people chant modi modi modi.

    ... all the news channels will be switched into entertainment channel & telecast morning to evening only modi raga. No job for news reporters.
    Arnab’s face will be😩

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  • K Narendra Prabhu, Bangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Congress party its supporters never objected to its lack of internal democracy, family rule. As one observer noted ,"congress is controlled by about 200 families". Even now the supporters will deny any thing is wrong with the party. We need at least two or more strong parties, congress in its present structure doesn't fit the bill.
    Coming to Ramalinga Reddy .He is a strong popular leader, It must have taken a lot of effort for the congress to lose him

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    The Congress band wagon has hit the road block n turned turtle ..... The driver Rahul Gandhi, has dumped the vechile n fled the scene, leaving it's passengers, in deep shock, trauma n grief !!! The netas are now hitching a hike on every passing vehicle... bargaining for power n glory !!!!!! Goa Congress legislator's have dumped the sinking Titanic ship..Congress Mukth Bharat, has suddenly become a harsh reality !! Jai Ho !!!!!!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri
    Your Name & Comments don't Match ...

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  • Prasanna, Bajpe/Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    He is not Slave

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  • madanson, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019


    after reading your comment, it is very clear that , the particular names should write comment in favour of congress party only right? then what is the meaning of democracy?

    we observed your comments earlier also & it depends on the name of the person involved in the incident.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    madanson, mangalore
    With any Catholic support people who vandalized Churches & Beat Nuns,Women & Children ...

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  • Vijay Benedict, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Being a catholic does not mean that one has to be slaves of the 'Gandhi ' family. Sing their priases even when they are in the dumps. Dont forget George Fernandes. Dont go that far, even Ivan Dsouza was JDS and abusing the Cong at one point of time.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Let BJP & their Blind Bhakt's live happily after 'Congress Mukt Bharat' ...

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  • Aravind, Blr

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Sarve janah sukhino bhawantu. Let everyone be happy under Modi rule, why only BJP supporters....

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Aravind, Blr
    Every thing here is Shutting Down.
    I'm on my way to USA ...

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  • Aravind, Blr

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Ullasnagar Sindhi Association ( USA) is full. Can try Uppinangady Sankada Ache. :D

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