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Karnataka MLA Roshan Baig, suspended for ‘anti-party activities’, quits Congress

Baig had on Monday threatened to quit the party and join BJP.

SNS | New Delhi |

Karnataka Congress lawmaker Roshan Baig who was suspended for “anti-party activities”, has resigned. With this, a total of 11 MLAs have quit from the party.

Baig had on Monday threatened to quit the party and join BJP. “I’m hurt by the way Congress party treated me, I’ll resign from my MLA post and join BJP,” he said.

The Karnataka Congress last month suspended senior legislator from Bengaluru R Roshan Baig for anti-party activities.

Baig, a former Congress minister, is an eight-time legislator from the Shivajinagar Assembly segment in the city centre.

Earlier in May, the Karnataka Congress had sent a notice to MLA Roshan Baig over his statements on AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal, KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader and former CM Siddaramaiah.

After the exit polls predicted a debacle for the UPA and a majority of Karnataka seats going to the BJP, Baig triggered a massive row saying that the portfolios in the JD(S)-Congress coalition government were “sold” and minorities were ignored.

Baig has been sulking against the party leadership since a year for being denied a cabinet post despite being the Muslim face of the party after the death of veteran party leader Jaffer Shariff in November last year.