Bengaluru: The state Congress too went into an overdrive on Saturday, with Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah dispatching his top trouble-shooters - D.K. Shivakumar and state deputy chief minister Dr G. Parameshwar, who were later joined by chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy - to step up efforts to pacify Hoskote MLA, M.T.B. Nagaraj and withdraw his resignation.
Mr Nagaraj, in a huge boost to the Congress' hopes, not only hinted that he might reconsider his resignation, but also said that he would try and persuade the other rebels to withdraw their objections too. Speaking to reporters after a series of meetings with party leaders, particularly Mr Siddarmaiah and the chief minister, Mr Nagaraj said, "I have been in this (Congress) party for the last 30 years. I had tendered my resignation, but now I will withdraw."