Rebel MLA from Congress BC Patil who had on Saturday said that his dissent was caused as 'injustice was done to people of north Karnataka' by the coalition government, spoke to Republic TV. He said that there was no question of him going back to the Congress, even if they have him the ministerial berth.
"Nobody has tried to contact me from the Congress. No BJP leader has contacted me. We are not saleable people. Nobody can buy us. No party can buy us. I am MLA from Kaveri district, I am the only Congress MLA from the entire Kaveri district. I am a three-time MLA from there. Since the last 40 years, my constituency has not been given a berth in the ministry. I am from the Lingayat community, there are no Lingayats there. There is no development in my constituency as there is no ministerial berth from our place. We had an opportunity had the entire district been given ministerial berth and instead of it going to Congress, they (the coalition) gave it to the independents. Now, there is no question of going back to the Congress, even if they offer ministerial berth. Let's see in the future what will happen. We as a group will decide what will happen next. The coalition government caused injustice to north Karnataka and to Kaveri district and to my constituency. They have given no development there or a ministerial berth. North Karnataka has been neglected and sidelined and hence we took the decision," he said.
Patil had spoken about the cause behind his rebellion against his party on Friday too. The rebelling MLAs who have stayed put in a Mumbai hotel (Sofitel Hotel) are holding a meeting to ensure none of them goes back to the party and to decide the future course of action.
It was also speculated that some Congress MLAs had rebelled as they wanted Siddaramaiah to become the chief minister. As per sources, four rebel Congress MLAs wanted HD Kumaraswamy to resign to make way for Siddaramaiah. But Siddaramaiah dismissed such speculations saying the MLAs are loyal to party not him.