My fight is within the Congress and none from the BJP have approached me, disgruntled Karnataka Congress MLA, M B Patil said. Patil has been leading a rebellion in Karnataka after failing to get a berth in the JD(S)-Congress government.
He held a meeting with Congress president Rahul Gandhi, but the meeting remained inconclusive with Patil getting no assurance. Following the meeting, he said that he had no plans of quitting the Congress and added that his fight was within the party.
After the meeting, Patil said the next plan of action will be decided after discussions with the 15-20 MLAs, who are unhappy with the cabinet expansion. He, however, asserted that he has no plans to quit the Congress.
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) working president Dinesh Gundu Rao and new cabinet minister Krishna Byre Gowda were present in the meeting.
"We are trying to resolve the differences. The process is on at the moment. No decision has been taken yet," Gowda told PTI after the meeting. The consultations are still going on with state leaders, he added.
Patil, who campaigned for a minority status for Lingayats, is a prominent state Congress leader. Under his leadership, a section of dissatisfied legislators have held several meetings last week.
After meeting the Congress President, Patil said: "I shared my views with Rahul Gandhi and explained the state's situation. I have not demanded anything."
He said, "I am not alone, many friends are together with me. I will share with them what happened in the meeting and then decide next plan of action."
Patil, a former irrigation minister and an MLA from Vijayapura district, said he has no plans to quit the party. "The BJP has not approached me nor I have got in touch with them. My fight is within the Congress," he said.
He also mentioned that he is not in the race for the KPCC president's post and did not make that demand in the meeting. The JD(S)-Congress cabinet was expanded on June 6 with the induction of 25 new ministers, after intense bargaining for ministerial berths.
The much-awaited exercise has caused heartburn among several lawmakers in the coalition while supporters of some of the ministerial aspirants staged protests.
Besides MB Patil and Dinesh Gundu Rao, the Congress has dropped several key members of the previous Siddaramaiah ministry, including Ramalinga Reddy, R Roshan Baig, HK Patil, Tanvir Sait, Shamanur Sivashankarappaand and Satish Jarkhiholi from the coalition government.