Bengaluru: Dissidence dominates the Karnataka Congress as the number of legislators unhappy with the Cabinet expansion is only increasing. Now, seven-time MLA Ramalinga Reddy's supporters have openly criticised senior leaders and warned them of serious repercussions during Lok Sabha election.

The ugly drama in Congress unfolded soon after the much-awaited Cabinet expansion that took place on December 22, in which the government not only failed to accommodate Ramalinga Reddy, but also dropped Ramesh Jarkiholi from the ministry.

Bengaluru's BTM MLA Ramalinga Reddy, who failed to make a cut in the rejig, without directly naming the two leaders responsible for blocking his name, aired his displeasure on Sunday. While Ramesh  Jarkiholi, who was dropped from the Cabinet, openly attacked his own party, Reddy preferred to remain silent. Instead, his followers gathered and lashed out against DyCM Parameshwara and minister Krishna Byre Gowda.            

 "Parameshwara wanted to take control of Bengaluru administration. When he cannot control his son who is now a daughter, can he control and run Bengaluru? Minister Krishna Byre Gowda is also a culprit. He abused Reddy and complained to Rahul Gandhi. This is the reason Reddy failed to get a Cabinet berth," said Lokesh YM, a Reddy supporter.

 

Echoing similar sentiments, Reddy's most-trusted man and corporator Rizwan Nawab warned of severe repercussion during the Lok Sabha election. "Reddy is a loyal Congressman. He will not create trouble, but many leaders will abstain from helping the Congress candidate in Bengaluru during MP election," said Nawab. He further added that Reddy's contribution to the party in general and Bengaluru, in particular, cannot be ignored.