Disgruntled Congress MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi from Gokak has begun campaigning for the BJP in some areas of Belagavi constituency, reports the New India Express.
His brother, Minister Satish Jarkiholi, admitted in Belagavi on Wednesday that Ramesh is campaigning for the BJP and has also asked many of his associates from the Congress to join him.
Satish said the party high command had been asked to initiate stringent action against Ramesh for anti-party activities.
Ramesh has been close to BJP for a couple of months but the Congress high command has not yet acted.
Ramesh Jarkiholi’s differences with water resources minister DK Shivakumar cost him a berth in the cabinet, sources say.
The ‘disgruntled’ MLA was not seen in open since the election schedule was announced.
Sources close to Jarkiholi said, the Congress legislator would join the BJP after the Lok Sabha elections.