Seat brawl: Violence erupts as Sriramulu begins his campaign

Violence erupts as Sriramulu begins his campaign

The police resorted to lathi charge to control the situation when supporters of the sitting MLA from Molakalmuru S Thippeswamy stoned MP B Sriramulu's car, besides throwing footwear on Friday morning at Nayakanahatti. Earlier, BJP had decided to field the MP, rejecting the ticket to S Thippeswamy.

As the police caned the mob, hundreds of them ran helter-skelter. Several BJP workers who had gathered at Thipperudraswamy temple to receive the MP fled to safety.

For a while, the temple premises turned into a virtual war zone.

Amidst tight security, Sriramulu entered the temple and offered puja.

Meanwhile, BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa in Hubli told reporters that Sriramulu was capable of handling the situation. "He would take a call and handle the situation," Yeddyurappa said.

The voice of dissent has intensified ever since the BJP decided to field the MP from Molakalmuru.

A day after the BJP announced its first list, the MLA had marched to Ballari along with his supporters to seek an answer from Sriramulu.

They had even planned to lay a siege to the MP's residence.

 

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