Tweetgate: Red-faced Cong issues notice to Harsha Moily

CM, KPCC chief apprise high command of developments

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G Parameshwara on Saturday issued a notice to Harsha Moily, son of party veteran M Veerappa Moily, seeking his explanation on a controversial tweet that left the party embarrassed.

On Thursday night, Harsha's handle @HarshaMoilyINC posted a tweet, charging that a "nexus" between road contractors and Public Works Minister H C Mahadevappa was determining the way the party chose candidates for the upcoming Assembly polls. Harsha disowned the tweet, which was deleted Friday morning.

Congress sources said AICC general secretary in-charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal directed Parameshwara to issue a notice to Harsha, asking him to explain within seven days why that tweet was posted from his handle and the developments that led to it. Harsha was not available for comments. Harsha had told DH on Friday that it was an "unauthorized" tweet posted by a third-party person appointed to manage his handle. The same tweet was posted from Veerappa Moily's handle @moilyv, which he later disowned as well.

The tweets came as a shot in the arm for the BJP, which mounted an attack on the ruling Congress that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's charge that Karnataka had a '10% commission' government had been validated.

Harsha is Congress ticket aspirant for the Karkala Assembly constituency in Udupi district. Apparently, the senior Moily had an altercation with Mahadevappa on who should be fielded in Karkala. While Moily backed his son, Mahadevappa asked for his aide Udaya Kumar Shetty, a Class-1 civil, contractor to be given the ticket, sources said.

Meanwhile, the Congress high command on Saturday told its Karnataka leaders that it will deal with the controversial tweet. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Parameshwara, who are in New Delhi to attend the AICC plenary session, apprised the party top brass of the tweet.

They reportedly told the leaders that the tweet was uncalled for and it has caused huge embarrassment as the Opposition BJP and JD(S) are going hammer and tongs against the ruling party.

They also told the high command that early this week, when the Congress screening committee discussed the candidate for Karkala, Moily wanted only his son's name be recommended, while others suggested that names of Uday Kumar Shetty and former MLA Gopal Bhandari also be included. If Moily had grievances on candidate selection process, he should have expressed this in the party forum instead of going public with wild allegation, they said.  

 

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