BJP leader and former deputy CM Laxman Savadi made a political switch and joined the Congress because his name was not mentioned in the list of candidates for the upcoming Karnataka assembly polls to be held on 10 May.
Congress’s Karnataka chief DK Shivakumar, while welcoming former deputy CM Laxman Savadi into the grand old party on Friday, said that numerous leaders of saffron party are likely to change the ship to join the Opposition camp in the coming days.
Speaking to mediapersons, Shivakumar said, “Laxman Savadi is a senior leader.” He is joining the party without any conditions and is becoming a member of our family. He added, “Today, all the party leaders held discussions with Lakshmana Savadi.” “All party members extended a hearty welcome to him.”
Savadi met Shivakumar on Friday and the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Siddaramaiah, at the latter’s residence in Bengaluru.
Savadi resigned as a member of the Legislative Council and from the primary membership of the BJP on 12 April, after missing out on a ticket to seek a fresh mandate from his Assembly constituency, Athani.
Former CM Siddramaiah said, “Savadi is joining the Congress.” The BJP shouldn’t have treated him like this. His only condition is that he be treated properly. It’s confirmed 100 percent that he will get a ticket to contest the Athani seat. “I hope he will win his assembly seat.”