Ramalinga Reddy: The man at center of political crisis in Karnataka

Bengaluru | Amid the political crisis in Karnataka, the major setback which the Congress party has faced in the entire set of events is the resignation of Bengaluru MLA Ramalinga Reddy.

Reddy, a 7-time MLA and 4-time Minister is one of the biggest faces of Congress in the state capital. Reddy who served in the ministries of Verappa Moily, S.M Krishna and Siddaramiah government was upset with the party leadership for not giving cabinet berth in the HD Kumaraswamy led Congress-JDS government in 2018. His anguish speared when he was denied the ministerial position during the cabinet expansion in December 2018 and June 2019.

Reddy during the June 2019 even alleged that the party is neglecting senior when an independent MLA was inducted to the HD Kumaraswamy cabinet. Speaking to reporters at the state secretariat after submitting his resignation, Reddy said,” I have been associated with the Congress since my student days and it pains me that I have to leave.” When the H.D. Kumaraswamy government inducted Independents into the Cabinet, Mr. Reddy had lashed out at party leaders for neglecting seniors.

The Congress MLA is also credited for Congress-JDS coalition in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike council. He is said to convince HD Dewe Gowda for the coalition and ensuring the Mayor post to the Congress party

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