“All the MLAs who tendered their resignation are united in our stance," said Nagaraj.

No question of withdrawing resignation Cong MLA MTB Nagaraj tells media in Mumbai
news Political Crisis Monday, July 15, 2019 - 07:12

Congress MLA from Hoskote, MTB Nagaraj, who flew to Mumbai in a private plane held a press conference in Mumbai on Sunday and announced that there was no question of him withdrawing his resignation.

“All the MLAs who tendered their resignation are united in our stance. I had told you that Sudhakar and I had resigned together. There is no question of me withdrawing my resignation,” Nagaraj said.

Speaking to the media, ST Somashekar, one of the rebel MLAs cooped up at Renaissance Hotel in Mumbai, said that the Congress’ attempt to pacify Nagaraj had failed and that the latter would not withdraw his resignation.

“MTB Nagaraj is with us. He will not withdraw his resignation at any cost and he had made his decision now. Yesterday, the Congress leaders tried to pacify him but its too late now. He will not withdraw his resignation. Dr Sudhakar has also tendered his resignation. He is in Delhi and he will join us soon. He was manhandled when he went to tender his resignation and now, he is in a safe location,” ST Somashekar added.

Before flying out to Mumbai, Nagaraj told the media in Bengaluru that Public Works Department (PWD) Minister and brother of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy -- HD Revanna, was responsible for the rebellion. Nagaraj alleged that Revanna interfered in the transfer of officials in the Housing Department. 

“The biggest reason why leaders are unhappy is Revanna. He keeps transferring officials from all departments to suit his needs. I am a minister and if he transfers officials from my department, how can any work be carried out properly? I have discussed this with CM Kumaraswamy many times," MTB Nagaraj said.

On Saturday, Nagaraj met a delegation of Congress leaders, including DK Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah, who attempted to pacify the rebelling leader to stay with the coalition. However, the Congress’ attempt to retain Nagaraj seems to have failed as the leader is now vehemently opposed to withdrawing his resignation.

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