Bengaluru: The Congress party's 'go-to-man' and Water Resources Minister D. K. Shivakumar on Monday expressed shock over Vijaynagar MLA, Anand Singh's resignation from the Assembly and said he was trying to trace the former but was unable to do so.
Speaking to reporters, Mr Singh said, “I am yet to check with the Speaker whether it's true or not. I am not able to come to terms with the news that he has resigned. He had assured me on number of times that he won't quit our party.”
In response to a question, Mr Shivakumar said that Mr Singh is a very good friend of his. “I do not think, he would have fallen for the BJP. I am trying to get in touch with him.
He joined our party in the presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, So I will try my best to bring him back to our party.”
In response to Mr Singh's allegations on the JSW land deal issue, the Ballari district in-charge minister, asserted that the JSW issue cannot be seen from an individual point of view. "This decision to sell land to JSW was taken during the BJP government's tenure, we are only executing it," he reasoned.
Hitting out at BJP leaders, Mr Shivakumar said, “It is a known fact that the BJP is trying to destabilise this government. I am also aware that no leader in the BJP wants mid-term polls as everyone knows that in the last one year, all of us have faced three polls - to the Assembly. co-operative bodies and local bodies. Hence, BJP leaders should take a close look at their own affairs.”
Mr Anand Singh's resignation comes at a time when cracks are appearing in the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition....