Senior BJP leader Malikayya Guttedar returns to Congress in Karnataka

Bengaluru, Apr 19 (IANS): Senior BJP leader Malikayya Guttedar (67), who had joined the party from the Congress just before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, returned to the grand old party at its state headquarters here on Friday.

Malikayya Guttedar had won the Assembly elections from Afzalpur in Kalaburagi district six times on a Congress ticket between 1985 and 2013. The development is likely to boost Congress' position in the Kalaburagi region, which is the home turf of AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, state Congress President and Deputy CM D.K. Shivakumar, and state minister Priyank Kharge, the son of Mallikarjun Kharge, welcomed Malikayya Guttedar into the party by handing him the party flag.

Speaking on the occasion, Shivakumar said, “Malikayya Guttedar decided to return to the party after speaking to AICC President Kharge. I have known him for more than 35 years. He has joined the Congress unconditionally.”

Malikayya Guttedar was reportedly miffed with the fact that he was not consulted before the BJP inducted his brother Nitin Guttedar into the party. Nitin Guttedar had contested the 2023 Assembly elections as an Independent candidate from Afzalpur, where he finished second behind Congress' M.Y. Patil, pushing Malikayya Guttedar to the third position.

On Tuesday, Malikayya Guttedar attacked Karnataka BJP President B.Y. Vijayendra and his father and former Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, saying the Congress came to power in the state last year only because of BJP's corruption.

After rejoining the party, the senior politician said he joined the Congress for its achievements and for the development of Kalaburagi district.

The Congress has fielded Radhakrishna Doddamani, the son-in-law of Mallikarjun Kharge, from the Gulbarga (Kalaburagi) Lok Sabha seat this time.









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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    the ship is definitely sinking...desperate chaiwala is coming for the fourth time because he knows only a UTSAVA MURTHY like him can bring some respite in the napumsak gang of third class baji pee party leaders of karu naadu....they have lost the battle even before the first vote is cast....

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    Now this time it is " ELECTION PREMIER LEAGUE" ( EPL). BJP and Congress wickets started to fall. Leaders have started to change from one party to another.

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  • Raj Udupi, Udupi

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    Guttedar is the richest billava/ediga in Karnataka , He is an industrialist...

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  • Harsha, Mangaluru

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    Welcome sir,to the Congress party Let us serve the nation together . God bless.

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    The issue here is these leaders make all their promises of never defecting to other parties and win elections under one party's manifesto. Then the other party flush with crores of black money AKA "Electoral Bonds", pay them 100 crore rupees each and they switch to the other party. This is a joke and we all look like laughing stocks.

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