BANGALORE: A day after the BJP was voted to power in Maharashtra and Haryana, a KJP MLA who had turned into a Siddaramaiah loyalist has decided to join the BJP.
Announcing his decision at Aland in Gulbarga district on Monday, B R Patil said he was impressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for the nation.
He blamed Congress leaders in the district for his decision to join the BJP.
Patil had chosen to identify with the Congress after four KJP MLAs, including former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, returned to the BJP in January this year. B R Patil, along with Guru Patil, KJP MLA from Shahapur, had pledged faith in Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and refused to join the BJP.
“Congress leaders in Gulbarga district are trying to curb my political growth are and discriminating against my constituency. Chitapur constituency got `30 crore for public works, and Afzalpur Rs 17 crore. But my constituency got just `5 crore,” B R Patil said. He accused former chief minister Dharam Singh and Congress MLA Priyank Kharge of placing hurdles in his political path.
He said he would convince MLA Guru Patil also to join the BJP.