Muniyappa, Byre Gowda in war of words

Muniyappa chose the press meet organised at Rail Bhavan on Tuesday to offer some advice to the young MLA.

When asked to comment about the behaviour of Byre Gowda’s supporters at the Kodigehalli railway station on Saturday, Muniyappa suggested: “The young budding leader (Byre Gowda) should practice Congress culture which is based on high principles.” This would ensure a good innings in political life for him, he added.

When asked about a remark allegedly made by Byre Gowda that he would approach the party high command over the Kodigehalli issue, Muniyappa said, “Let him go to the High Command. I have known the High Command since the days of Indira Gandhi.”

Muniyappa also said that there was a certain procedure to be adopted to get projects sanctioned for one’s constituency and holding protests is not the right method.
The Minister also reiterated his version of the incident that took place at the Kodigehalli station by stating that he had gone to attend a function at a party worker and friend’s place and opted to inspect the Kodigehalli railway station and an underpass. “It was not a foundation-stone laying ceremony or inauguration programme, which mandates inviting the local MLA. There has been no violation of protocol,” he stressed.

Krishna Byre Gowda could not be reached for his comment.

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