Lone BSP legislator N Mahesh in Karnataka Assembly resigns as Minister

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New Delhi: Lone Bahujan Samaj Party legislator N Mahesh in Karnataka Assembly has resigned due to personal reasons. He is also the primary and secondary education minister in the nearly four-month-old coalition government in Karnataka led by H D Kumaraswamy.

The BSP and the Janata Dal (Secular) had formed a pre-poll alliance before the assembly elections in May. Subsequently, when the JD(S) decided to ally with the Congress after the polls threw up a hung verdict, Mahesh was inducted into the state cabinet, making him the first BSP minister in any state outside Uttar Pradesh.

Addressing a press conference after submitting his resignation to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Governor Vajubhai Vala, Mahesh said: “I have resigned from my post and will work hard in my constituency and to build the party in the state. I have only resigned as a minister but will continue to support chief minister HD Kumaraswamy,” he said.

Mahesh said the decision was taken in light of the approaching Lok Sabha elections next year and he would support JD (S) candidates in the by-elections set to be held for two assembly and three Lok Sabha seats next month.

“I will campaign everywhere for the JD(S) candidate,” he said. Mahesh claimed he had not even informed BSP chief Mayawati of the decision and that he would not reconsider his decision even if she asked him to.

“The party and the movement are more important to me than any position. I was not aware that being a minister would take up so much of my time and my constituents have expressed displeasure that I have not been able to devote more time to them,” Mahesh said. He insisted that there were no differences within the government.

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