Chaos rules KPCC meet

Amid protests against election of PCC members in a few blocks, the KPCC general body, on Wednesday, adopted a resolution to authorise AICC president to appoint KPCC office-bearers, including the president.

The state election authority, headed by Rajya Sabha member B S Gnanadesikan, recently completed election of about 480 PCC members, who have the right to vote to elect KPCC office-bearers. The general body meeting was convened to discuss the election of the office bearers.

Speaking with presspersons after the meeting which lasted for only an hour, Gnanadesikan said PCC members unanimously adopted the resolution.

With that the election to the president’s post, which was scheduled for September 21, is cancelled. The resolution was moved by former union minister C K Jaffer Sharief and seconded by many others.

The meeting adopted another resolution to congratulate Sonia Gandhi on being elected AICC president for the fourth consecutive time.

Soon after the general body meeting Lingayat leaders of the party held a separate meeting at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall to work out strategies to bag the KPCC president’s post for one of the leaders from the community. The leaders resolved to take a delegation to Delhi and meet Sonia Gandhi to put forward their demand.

MLA Shamanur Shivashankarappa, a Lingayat, is one among the strong contenders for the post.

Protests galore

Party workers from Hiriyur and Bangalore South staged protest in front of Ambedkar Bhavan, where general body meeting was convened, alleging that natives of the constituencies had been ignored while electing the members.

During the meeting Tejasvini Gowda raised objection that 33 pc reservation for women has not been given while electing PCC members. Gnanadesikan snubbed her saying that he was not at the meeting to listen to just her.

Lok Sabha member H Vishwanath raised voice alleging that the KPCC had insulted him and other Lok Sabha members by not inviting them on the dais. He said he would take seat among other workers as a mark of protest.

However, Gnanadesikan pacified him and made him occupy a seat on the dais.

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