Bengaluru: Lobbying has intensified in the Congress camp after Siddaramaiah resigned from the posts of Congress Legislative Party chief and leader of opposition (LoP). Along with it, the post of Karnataka Congress president is also vacant.

Congress leader KH Muniyappa stated that he will be able to take up the responsibility of the Karnataka Congress president post if the party entrusts him with the position.

He also said, “Respect for Siddaramaiah has only increased after he tendered his resignation and took up the moral responsibility of the defeat in Karnataka by-polls. There will always be wins and losses in politics and respecting the people’s mandate, Siddaramaiah has stepped down through which respect for him has doubled. The high command will make a decision on all the vacant posts.”

When questioned if he has held talks with the senior leaders and high command, Muniyappa said, “I haven’t had discussions with the high command about the Karnataka Congress president post. However, they know about it and they will take a decision.”

“If I’m entrusted with the responsibility, I’m capable of fulfilling it because I have the experience required for it. I will respect and abide by what the high command decides,” he added.

Praises didn’t stop pouring for Siddaramaiah as Muniyappa reiterated that, “Siddaramaiah and Dinesh Gundu Rao resigning from their posts has only doubled the respect for them and the party after the by-polls defeat.”         

Congress faced a humiliating defeat in Karnataka by-polls as it managed to win only 2 out of the 15 assembly seats. Congress had campaigned for by-election with the slogan 'defeat the disqualified', but with the defectors winning most of the seats, Congress accepted defeat and said people accepted defectors.