Sirsi, April 2: JD(S) MLA from Arsikere constituency, K M Shivalinge Gowda on Sunday resigned, ahead of the May 10 Assembly polls in Karnataka, and is likely to join Congress. He met Legislative Assembly Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri here and submitted his resignation letter. Karnataka Assembly Elections 2023: Congress' Second List of Candidates After April 4 Meeting, Says Siddaramaiah.

Gowda, a three time MLA from Arsikere in Hassan district, has been vocal about his differences with the JD(S) leadership, and had maintained distance from the party, in recent days.

He had recently announced that his next move is towards the Congress, and is likely to be fielded by that party as its candidate from Arsikere in the upcoming polls. Congress Central Election Committee Meeting on April 4 at Party HQs in Delhi.

Gowda is the third JD(S) MLA to quit as legislator in the last few days. Party's Gubbi MLA S R Srinivas (Gubbi Srinivas alias Vasu) had resigned on March 27, and joined the Congress on Thursday, while MLA from Arkalgud A T Ramaswamy had quit as legislator on Friday to join BJP.