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Disgruntled Cong MLAs in Karnataka continue to mount pressure on party

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Ignoring the patch-up efforts by

the leadership to end disquiet within Karnataka over denial of ministerial berths, disgruntled legislators continued to mount pressure on the party to address their grievances.

According to party sources, some MLAs are likely to meet tomorrow under the leadership of and former M B Patil to discuss their further course of action.

They are also likely to demand a second round of cabinet expansion soon.

Discontent within the had surfaced soon after the cabinet expansion on June 6, with disgruntled MLAs holding separate meetings and expressing displeasure openly over being left out of the ministry.

In an attempt to quell the brewing discontent, Patil, who has emerged as the of a group of dissident MLAs, was recently called to where he met Congress

Also, AICC secretaries and in the last two days have met several party MLAs who have been holding meetings under the leadership of another senior Congress and former H K Patil, and have heard their grievances.

Meanwhile, Congress in-charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal, who is in the city today to attend Congress-JD(S) coalition meeting, met several upset MLAs, including H K Patil, and Shivalli among others, in an effort to pacify them.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, H K Patilsaid, Venugopal has assured him a meeting with

Responding to a question, he said, "whatever responsibility party gives me, recognising me as an honest of the party, I'm ready to take it up. I believe that our high command and people of the state know my ability," he added.

Stating that the party has ignored providing a leadership to the Muslim community, Sait, a former after meeting Venugopal, expressed unhappiness over Congress giving ministership to other Muslim MLAs U T Khaderand Zameer and questioned their ability in providing leadership to the community.

He also alleged that Zameer Ahmed Khan, who joined Congress from JD(S) ahead of the assembly polls had conspired against him during the state assembly elections.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 17:25 IST