In yet another jolt to the already embattled Congress, KC Ramamurthy, the party’s former Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) BJP on Tuesday.

Ramamurthy had resigned as Congress RS member on October 16 and his resignation was accepted by House Chairman and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. He had also sent a letter to Sonia Gandhi, the acting president of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) informing her of his decision.

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“I had to stay there and perform the job of a Parliamentarian, while most of the time killing my conscience. It was because the party diktats or whips were not in accordance with what I think as a person and what I agree with. At the end of the day, national interest, growth, and mood of the nation have to be taken into consideration,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.

KC Ramamurthy joined the BJP in the presence of the party’s general secretaries Bhupender Yadav and Arun Singh in New Delhi. Ramamurthy was elected to the Rajya Sabha in July 2016 and his term was to end in June 2022.

Since his resignation on October 16, it was speculated that Ramamurthy would be joining the ruling BJP. Ramamurthy did not give any specific reasons for his move and said that he had resigned from the Congress at his own will. He also denied any pressure, inducement, or coercion from the ruling bloc.

Now, following his resignation, the representation of the state of Karnataka in the Rajya Sabha has gone down to 11 from the total of 12 available seats for the southern state.

Earlier, Bhubneshwar Kalita and Sanjay Singh of the Congress had resigned from the upper house of the Parliament.