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CM Ibrahim decides to leave Congress ; HDK says he will welcome him to the JD(S).

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Bengaluru: Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader, CM Ibrahim, has decided to quit the grand old party.

Ibrahim, who is a member of the Legislative Council, is said to be upset following the appointment of former MP B K Hariprasad as the leader of the party in the Legislative Council. It is said that Ibrahim was eyeing this post and was expecting Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah’s support, but Wednesday’s announcement from AICC disappointed the MLC, it is said.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, Ibrahim said that his relationship with Congress is now a closed chapter. He said he had not yet decided on the next course of action. “I came to Congress because of Siddaramaiah and wanted a leader from the Kuruba community to become CM of the state, and we worked for that,” said Ibrahim.

Meanwhile, former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said that the JDS party would welcome him and offer a respectable position in the party if Ibrahim decides to join their party. I know Ibrahim still has love and affection for JD (S) and respects HD Deve Gowda. We will welcome him to the party if he decides to join us, “said Kumaraswamy.

Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah refused to speak on Ibrahim’s decision and said he would speak to him.

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