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Karnataka: Independent MLA B Nagendra joins Congress

Nagendra presented a Valmiki statue to Gandhi on the stage after he was welcomed into the Congress party.

Reported by: PTI, Hosapete (Karnataka) [ Published on: February 11, 2018 0:17 IST ]
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with Karnataka Chief
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah wave to people during a rally in Koppal, Karnataka on Saturday.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi was presented a Rs 60 lakh gold coated statue by Independent MLA B Nagendra after he joined the party at a public rally here today.

Nagendra presented a Valmiki statue to Gandhi on the stage after he was welcomed into the Congress party.

"The gold-coated statue cost Rs 60 lakh," Nagendra told reporters.

Alongwith Nagendra, BJP MLA from Vijaynagar B S Anand Singh also formally joined the party at the rally.

The BJP in a series of tweets, has come down on Gandhi and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for inducting Nagendra and Singh, who are facing charges of illegal mining.

BJP Karnataka Unit President B S Yeddyurappa criticised Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for inducting Singh into Congress, saying it proved him to be a "corrupt opportunist."

"Dear 10 per cent CM Siddaramaiah, I would like to remind you, your padayatre in 2013 about the mining sector. Now, inducting Anand Singh into the Congress camp has only proved you are a corrupt opportunist. Case of amnesia," he tweeted.

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