Karnataka Congress MLA in hospital, party denies brawl allegations
Bengaluru, Jan 20 (IBNS): The Congress on Sunday tried to establish all was well in the party here even as an MLA was admitted to a private hospital after allegedly being hit on the head by a colleague.
According to several reports, Kampi MLA J.N. Ganesh allegedly hit Vijayanagara MLA Anand Singh on his head with a liquor bottle following an argument at the Eagleton resort on the city outskirts where all party MLAs had been lodged to keep them away from BJP horse trading.
"They were at it in the meeting and it appeared to have carried on into the night. I could hear raised voices near my room, but I cannot say for certain that there was physical violence," backward classes welfare minster C. Puttarangashetty told Hindustan Times.
Irrigation minister D.K. Shivakumar denied any violence had taken place.
“The Ballari MLAs (Singh, Ganesh, minister E Tukaram, and LBP Bheema Naik) and I had gone for a reception and held a meeting about the district before returning here. Singh has gone to attend a wedding. But you (media) are speculating that there was a fight. Wait for another hour or two he will return and tell you what happened,” Shivakumar said. “There is no fight and there has been no physical violence, nothing has happened."
Some reports also quoted Congress leader D.K. Suresh as saying Singh was in the hospital due to chest pain.
The BJP, however, was quick to point out that all was not well in the Congress camp.
It's unfortunate that @KPCCPresident was unable to stop the fight in Eagleton resort.— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) January 20, 2019
We hope Anand Singh is being treated & we pray for his speedy recovery
Unfortunately @dineshgrao can't even blame BJP now, MLA's were locked up under his watch at Eagleton
Whats ur excuse now? pic.twitter.com/GnkK87GWp1
"It's unfortunate that @KPCCPresident was unable to stop the fight in Eagleton resort. We hope Anand Singh is being treated & we pray for his speedy recovery Unfortunately @dineshgrao can't even blame BJP now, MLA's were locked up under his watch at Eagleton Whats ur excuse now?" BJP Karnataka tweeted.
Congress MLA's fear for life under HDK govt.@siddaramaiah preaches everyone of Constitutional values, we demand @dineshgrao & @siddaramaiah to immediately suspend their party MLA responsible for attack on MLA Anand Singh & uphold constitutional values.@CPBlr kindly act.— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) January 20, 2019
The Opposition party in the state also demanded action against those responsible for the alleged attack.