MB Patil plays hard to get, refuses KPCC post?

Deccan Chronicle.  | bhaskar hegde

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“I cannot ditch them at this juncture. So, it may not be proper for me to take up the responsibility,” Mr Patil said. 

MB Patil, Congress Leader

Bengaluru: The leader of disgruntled legislators in the Congress party and former minister, M.B. Patil is playing hard to get and is reportedly not keen to take up the responsibility of KPCC president even if it is offered to him. 

The suggestion was made by none other than KPCC president, Dr G. Parameshwar, who has joined the coalition government and become deputy chief minister. 

Dr Parameshwar who held the KPCC post for over eight years, is keen to keep it for himself or give the responsibility to someone whom he can trust. 

Meanwhile, former CM, Siddaramaiah has started pushing hard to get KPCC working president Dinesh Gundu Rao installed in the post. Mr Gundu Rao and Dr Parameshwar have reportedly fallen apart after Mr Rao moved to the Siddaramaiah camp. Sources in the Congress party said Dr Parameshwar and Mr Gundu Rao are not even on talking terms. Adding a new dimension to the race for the PCC post, Congress party leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge is reportedly trying to have his nominee, Eshwar Khandre, made KPCC chief  so that he can control the party.

On seeing these developments, Dr Parameshwar reportedly decided to recommend Mr Patil for the KPCC chief post. But, Mr Patil said even if he accepted the post, he might not be able to do justice to other legislators who are with him. 

“I cannot ditch them at this juncture. So, it may not be proper for me to take up the responsibility,” Mr Patil said. 

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