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Siddaramaiah, Gundu Rao quit thowing Karna Cong in turmoil

CLP leader Siddaramaiah and Congress Karnataka chief Dinesh Gundu Rao quit their posts on Monday after their party put up a poor show in the Assembly by-elections, throwing the state unit into a turmoil. Minutes after the results of the bypolls to 15 segments, in which the BJP won the lion s share of 12, they tendered their resignation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi owning moral responsibility for not being able to give satisfactory results. In a huge setback, the Congress could win only two out of 15 seats whereas it had previously held 12 of them. In his letter to Sonia Gandhi, Siddaramaiah, a former Chief Minister and senior party leader, expressed regret for not being able to give satisfactory results in the bypolls despite his sincere efforts. I deem it necessary to step down as Leader of CLP by taking moral responsibility, he wrote. As a CLP leader, there is a need to uphold the democratic principles. In the interest of the party, I have tendered my ...

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