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Karnataka: Some Congress leaders are unhappy, but we have to make sacrifices, says Kharge

By Vikas

With rebellion brewing in Karnataka Congress and MB Patil knocking Rahul Gandhi's door over the allocation of cabinet berths, Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday said sacrifices have to made to "save the Constitution and democracy".

Patil, who met Rahul in New Delhi, did not get assurance from the Congress president over his demand to be made the deputy chief minister or a minister with a plum portfolio in Karnataka, reported Deccan Herald.

File photo of Mallikarjun Kharge

"Even those who complain that they are upset on not getting the Home Ministry, say that 'we will stay loyal to the party and have no plans of leaving it, but injustice has been done to us & it should be corrected'," M Kharge, a senior Congress leader, told news agency ANI.

"To save constitution and democracy, we have to sometimes make sacrifices. Some members are dissatisfied and the high command and their representatives will definitely talk to them about it. They are also aware of the reason behind the decision," he added.

Yesterday, Congress leaders D K Shivakumar and R V Deshpande reportedly met M B Patil, who is virtually leading the revolt after being denied a Cabinet berth. Roshan Baig, Ramalinga Reddy, Dinesh Gundurao, Shamanur Shivashankarappa and Satish Jarkiholi, who were left out of the Cabinet, are also said to be disgruntled.

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M B Patil's followers have been the most vocal and have planned on calling for a Vijayapura bandh on Monday. The supporters of the MLA are also holding several meetings to decide on the next course of action.

Dinesh Gundu Rao who is a five time MLA too is upset. He was offered the post of KPCC president and he was willing to take up the post. However a suggestion from Parameshwar to make a Lingayat the KPCC chief has left Rao fuming.

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