BJP, KJP workers clash

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and supporters of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa seem to be on the warpath, even before the latter has resigned from the BJP and float his own party, which is likely to be called the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP).

Tension prevailed for some time when workers of both parties clashed in front of the residence of BJP Member of Parliment G S Basavaraj, who has associated himself with the ex-chief minister, in the city on Tuesday. BJP workers alleged that Basavaraj had made derogatory remarks about the party’s veteran leader, L K Advani.

The BJP workers held a dharna in front of the MP’s house. When KJP workers heard that BJP workers were trying to barge into Basavaraj’s house, hundreds of KJP descended onto the scene.

KJP workers tried to prevent BJP workers from entering the MP’s residence. This led to a clash between the two groups and they almost came to blows. The police faced difficulties in restoring order. The BJP workers raised slogans against Basavaraj, infuriating KJP workers who, in turn, raised slogans against Advani and district in-charge Minister Sogadu Shivanna.
Police arrested the protestors but later released them.

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