The lone BSP Minister in the Karnataka cabinet, N Mahesh resigned today saying that he wants to focus more on his assembly constituency Kollegal and to strengthen his party ahead of Lok Sabha elections. He said that there had been a campaign against him in his constituency and that he had camped in Bengaluru and was not focusing on Kollegal.
Although Mahesh said he would continue to support the ruling JDS-Congress alliance and added that he would campaign for JDS in the bypolls for the upcoming 3 Lok Sabha and 2 assembly seats on November 3, it seems like another blow by BSP supremo to Congress.
BSP supremo Mayawati last week had announced that she will contest the upcoming polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Odisha without an allinace with the Congress. She had also launched an attack on the Congress, and called it anti-minority and backward classes.
Not only this, a day later, BSP Karnataka MLA Mahesh had said that the party would also contest the Lok Sabha polls from Karnataka on its own and would not join hands with Congress and JDS, who have already said they would fight the elections together.
Mahesh was also reported to have said BSP would eradicate Congress from its root, but had later backtracked and said he was misquoted.
The developments come just months after the show of unity by opposition parties and the warm embrace shared by Mayawati and Congress’ Sonia Gandhi at chief minister HD Kumarassamy’s swearing-in ceremony in May this year.