Cong leader rules out joining BSP

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Bangalore, Dec 5 (UNI) Senior Congress leader and former Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Sidharamaiah today ruled out the possibility of leaving the party and said the next elections in the state would be fought under the leadership of party supremo Sonia Gandhi.

Talking to newspersons after meeting Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur at the Raj Bhavan here, Mr Sidharamaiah, dismissing reports of his joining Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), said ''there is no reason for me to leave the party.'' He described the reports as a ''figment of imagination and baseless.'' About the imminent revamping of the state unit, Mr Sidharamaiah said it was the prerogative of the party high command.

He refused to comment over the possibility of Maharashtra Governor S M Krishna's return to state politics.

Mr Sidharamaiah said that he had met the Karnataka Governor and brought to his notice the grievances of the sugar cane and onion growers, and the flood victims. The issue of regularisation of illegal constructions was also brought to his notice, he added.

UNI

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