Bengaluru: Former member of Legislative Council Ayanur Manjunath who had joined JDS from BJP has now joined Congress in the presence of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president D K Shivakumar at the KPCC office here on Thursday. Along with him, Nagaraj Gowda, who had contested as an Independent candidate from Shikaripura in the last Assembly election too joined the Congress.
Earlier speaking to mediapersons, Ayanur Manjunath said he wanted to contest as an independent candidate in the last Assembly elections. But, JDS had invited me to contest from Shivamogga. “There were no issues in the JDS but I have decided to join a national party. I have no regrets to quit JDS. Politics is an opportunity and I hope Congress would be my last stop,” Manjunath said.