On Monday, taking moral responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the Karnataka assembly by-polls, Congress senior leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced his resignation as the Congress Legislature Party leader.
The Congress, which held 12 of the 15 seats where by-elections were held on December 5, won only two, in a huge setback to the opposition party.
On the other hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won 12 Assembly constituencies out of total 15 seats that went to by-poll in Karnataka.
Speaking at a press conference, Siddaramaiah said that, as Congress Legislature Party leader, he had the responsibility to uphold democratic ideals. In the interest of the party, he has given forward his resignation.
In a letter to Interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Siddaramaiah expressed his sincere regrets for not being able to give “satisfactory results” in the byelections.
“I deem it necessary to step down as Leader of the Congress Legislature Party by taking moral responsibility”, he wrote.
I sincerely thank @INCIndia President Smt. Sonia Gandhi for having entrusted me with the responsibilities and I will continue my efforts as a loyal Congressman to strengthen the party. pic.twitter.com/VAwPicLRTU
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) December 9, 2019
Following Siddaramaiah’s resignation, Karnataka Congress Chief Dinesh Gundu Rao announced his resignation.
“Today I have decided to resign from this post. I have sent my resignation to our party (Interim) president Sonia Gandhi,” Rao told reporters at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee office.
“I too owe a lot of moral and political responsibility. I had discussed with our Delhi based leaders about the poor prospects of our party in the byelection and that if something goes awry, I will have to take a decision accordingly,” Rao said.