N.L. Narendra Babu, former Congress MLA, has joined the BJP along with his supporters on Sunday.
He was elected to the Legislative Assembly twice and served as councillor in the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike thrice. Mr. Babu claimed that the Congress had sidelined him and had not assigned him any responsibility. Though some candidates were defeated in the elections, they were rewarded with membership of the Legislative Council and appointed as heads of various government agencies, he alleged.
Sources in the Congress said Mr. Babu decided to quit anticipating he would not get ticket to contest the 2018 elections to the Legislative assembly from Mahalakshmi Layout constituency. He had lost the 2013 elections.
KAS officer (retd) and former Information Commissioner Shankar R. Patil also joined the BJP in the presence of State BJP president B.S. Yeddyurappa.
Mr. Patil is expected to get party ticket to contest the 2018 elections from Bidar South Constituency. He will be pitted against incumbent MLA Ashok Kheny.