Bengaluru: After hitting out at Congress leaders for the party’s performance in the recently-contested Lok Sabha election, Karnataka Congress MLA R Roshan Baig has been suspended for ‘anti-party’ activities. The suspension letter came on June 18 (Tuesday) and it said that he has been suspended on the basis of an inquiry.

Baig, an MLA from Shivajinagar, Bengaluru, stated several reasons for the Congress’s dismal performance in the election. He held former chief minister Siddaramaiah and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Dinesh Gundu Rao responsible for the “flop show”. According to him, Siddaramaiah’s “arrogance” and Rao’s “immaturity” are the reasons for the party’s poor show in the recent election. He also called All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary KC Venugopal a “buffoon”.

The Karnataka Congress said in a press release, “All India Congress Committee has approved the proposal sent by KPCC to take action against R Roshan Baig, MLA, on account of his anti-party activities.”

It also said that he had been suspended from the party with immediate effect, on the basis of an inquiry conducted on the matter.

Reports stated that Baig had dropped hints of quitting the party and that he had appealed to Muslims to “compromise” with the situation of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) returning to power. He has reportedly not responded to the “show cause” notice issued by the KPCC for his conduct.

Baig is allegedly linked to IMA Jewels case and Rao had earlier said that this alliance of his with the scam-accused company will be brought to the notice of the central leadership for further action.

The revenue minister RV Deshpande said on June 17 (Monday) that about two months ago, Baig had introduced IMA’s owner, Mohammad Mansoor Khan to him. He also said that he refused to do any undue favour.

Baig, who is a seven-time MLA and a former minister, was not included in the coalition Cabinet headed by HD Kumaraswamy. He had expressed his displeasure against Congress party leadership for this.