Former BJP MLA Joins Congress Party:
Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Ramappa Lamani has switched to the Congress party, citing his dissatisfaction with the BJP’s leadership as the reason for his decision. He suggested that the BJP’s influence in Karnataka may further diminish in the future.
Lamani mentioned that the BJP won in 66 constituencies during the May 2023 elections, with some of its candidates securing victory by a margin of fewer than 1,500 votes. He believed that if those races had gone differently, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s seat count could have been limited to just 40.
Expressing his confidence in the Congress party’s future, Lamani predicted that it would remain in power for the next decade. He emphasized that his entry into the Congress party was unconditional and pledged to work tirelessly for the party’s candidate in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
The President of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) and Deputy Chief Minister, D.K. Shivakumar, revealed that he had a list of 42 leaders from other political parties who were interested in joining the Congress.
Additionally, former Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Jagadish Shettar and Laxman Savadi, who are now part of the Congress, have a substantial roster of leaders from northern Karnataka who are eager to switch sides. Shivakumar noted that approximately 100 leaders from the Aam Aadmi Party, who had contested in the 2023 Assembly polls, have also expressed their desire to join the Congress. Leaders from various regions across the state, spanning from Bidar in the north to Chamarajangar in the south, have shown interest in aligning with the Congress party.