Fissures come to the fore at Congress meeting

Sitting CMC member assaulted; uninvited reps air complaints

Tension prevailed for sometime, after a sitting member of the City Municipal Council (CMC) was assaulted allegedly by a former member, at a meeting convened by the top brass of the Congress party here on Friday.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) member Narayanappa had convened a preliminary meeting to discuss about the plans to move no confidence motion against the incumbent president B Siddaraju and vice-president Chandrakala of City Municipal Council (CMC).

The meeting was convened at the residence of Housing and District In-charge Minister M H Ambarish, in his absence. It was at that time, sitting member Anilkumar was allegedly assaulted by a former member identified as Munavar Khan.

According to Anilkumar, he had come to the meeting to raise the issues regarding the party in Mandya unit, with the KPCC member. “Like me, a few other sitting members of CMC from the party were also not invited to the meeting. I have sent details regarding the issue to KPCC office. We are being ignored by the party,” he complained to Narayanappa. Anilkumar said that he was awaiting response from KPCC.

Munavar Khan, who was also present at the meeting  started an altercation, accusing Anilkumar of indulging in anti-party activities. An argument ensued between the duo, during which Anilkumar was allegedly assaulted by Munavar Khan and others. Other members present in  the meeting, succeeded in stopping the incident from spiralling out of control.

Another CMC member, T K Ramalingaiah, also complained that he was kept in the dark about the meeting. The meeting being held here is not of the Congress party, he said.
Congress leader and a close aide of Ambarish, Amaravathi Chandrashekar, took offence at the statements made by the CMC members and forced Ramalingaiah and Anilkumar out of the meeting.

No confidence on May 14
Following the meeting, Narayanappa said that the party would move a no confidence motion, during a special meeting of the CMC on May 14. “At the time of elections, both had agreed to relinquish their responsibilities afer 15 months. However, the duo failed to keep up their promise forcing the party to take the very step,” he said.
DH News Service

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