Siddaramaiah resigns as Congress Legislative Party leader in Karnataka
Bengaluru, Dec 09 (ANI): Former chief minister of Karnataka, Siddarama...
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Siddaramaiah has sent in his letter of resignation to AICC president Sonia Gandhi, reiterating his loyalty to Gandhi as well as the party. He expressed regrets at not being able to win more seats despite making sincere efforts.
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The change, however, has nothing to do with the electoral performance of the Congress in the December 5 bypolls, the campaigning for which was handled by the State Congress leaders led by former chief minister Siddaramaiah.
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The Congress managed to win only Hunasuru and Shivajinagar seats, while independent candidate Sharath Bachegowda, who was earlier expelled from the BJP for anti-party activities after he contested the bypoll as a rebel, won in Hoskote.
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Siddaramaiah resigns as CLP leader after Congress poor show in Assembly byelections
In a letter to Interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Siddaramaiah expressed his sincere regrets for not being able to give "satisfactory results" in the byelections. "I deem it necessary to step down as Leader of the CLP by taking moral responsibility", he wrote.
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