Even though the party has formed the government in the state with the JD(S), it lost 11 seats in the region when compared to the last polls.

Taking responsibility for Congs poor show in North Ktaka SR Patil resigns from party postTwitter
news Politics Sunday, June 03, 2018 - 16:26

The Congress party’s below par performance in the Karnataka elections appears to have found its first casualty with Karnataka North Working President SR Patil resigning from his position. 

Patil tendered his resignation to party President Rahul Gandhi citing moral grounds due to the party's performance in the 2018 Assembly elections. 

Patil had been a minister in the Siddaramaiah-led government from 2013 to 2018. He served as Minister for Infrastructure, Information Technology,  Biotechnology, Science and Technology, Planning and Statistics in the state government. 

“I have sent my resignation to Rahul Gandhi through an email some days back after taking up moral responsibility for the party’s unsatisfactory performance in Assembly elections. Had my party won more seats from North Karnataka, we would have formed the government on our own,” Patil reportedly told mediapersons in Bengaluru on Sunday. 

An influential Lingayat leader, Patil was tasked with overseeing the party's campaign in North Karnataka.

The Siddaramaiah-led state government had also decided to confer special minority and religion status to the Lingayat community, which forms a sizable part of the population in North Karnataka districts. 

While the Congress may have come to power in the state in a coalition government along with the JD(S), it suffered a reversal of fortunes in North Karnataka.  

The Congress won just 8 seats in Belagavi, two in Bagalkot, three in Vijayapura, one in Gadag and two in Dharwad, districts – 16 seats in all.

In comparison, the Congress had won 6 seats in Belagavi, 6 seats in Bagalkot, 7 in Vijayapura, four in Gadagand four in Dharwad districts – a total of 27 seats in the same five districts. 

The BJP's cause was aided by the fact that the Karnataka Janata Paksha led by BS Yeddyurappa and BSR Congress that contested the elections in 2013, splitting the party’s votes, had merged with the BJP in the intervening years. 

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