Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara today offered to resign from his post, according to reports. Parameshwara said that he will hand over the resignation letter to Chief Minister K Siddharamaiah. Parameshwara decision to quit the cabinet comes after Congress asked him to do so in order to devote himself as KPCC chief, PTI report says. Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in the state next year. While Congress is looking to hold onto power, BJP is banking on party chief Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi to make inroads in this southern state. Congress has kept faith on CM Siddharamaiah by making him the party’s face for the 2018 Assembly polls.
“The Congress president and vice president have decided that the coming election of the state will be fought under the leadership of K Siddharamaiah, the present chief minister of Karnataka,” a statement from AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said, as per PTI report.
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According to PTI report, the party leadership has come out with a please all formula by playing a balancing act by accomodating all castes and communities. While Siddharamaiah is a leader from the Kuruba Gowda community, both Parameshwara and Muniyappa are Dalit leaders from the state. Jarkiholi is a tribal leader.
Parameshwara had stoked a controversy after horrific incidents of alleged molestation of several women on Bengaluru’s MG Road and Brigade Road during New Year revelry came to light. Parameshwara told a TV news channel “Youngsters who are almost like westerners, they try to copy westerners not only in mindset, but even the dressing.” Later in damage control mode, he had said that he was committed to protection of women and suspected a hidden agenda behind highlighting the incident. Parameshwara also had said he was extremely pained that his statement on the alleged molestation incident had been interpreted out of context and not taken in its entirety.