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Cong MLA injured in brawl with colleague at resort

Cong MLA injured in brawl with colleague at resort
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Bengaluru: In an ugly turn to the ongoing political drama in Karnataka, a Congress MLA has been hospitalised after being allegedly injured during a brawl with a party lawmaker, who is reportedly under the BJP radar, at a resort on the city outskirts.

The incident occurred late Saturday night at the resort where the Congress MLAs are hunkered down since Friday in a move to keep the flock together against alleged bid to topple the ruling coalition by BJP, according to Congress sources.

Hospet MLA Anand Singh was admitted to a private hospital after he and Kampli legislator J N Ganesh, both from Ballari district, had a heated argument and came to blows, they said.

Singh had "a black eye and suffered blunt injuries," according to sources at the hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

He had also complained of uneasiness in the chest but was now in the ward and "fine", they added.

Ganesh is among the disgruntled Congress MLAs who was reportedly in touch with other dissidents in the party, planning to switch to the BJP.

"It was personal, district related. They are all together in the business. The scuffle has nothing to do with politics. They come from the same district and have business relations. It (the fight) is something related to that. It has nothing to do with politics," said Congress spokesperson and former Nizamabad MP Madhu Goud Yakshi.

The two MLAs had dinner together in his presence, and everything was cordial, but after he left the place the fight broke out, Yakshi said.

When contacted, the Bidadi police under whose jurisdiction the resort is located, said they had not received any complaint as of now.

A posse of policemen has been deployed in front of the hospital with no visitor being allowed.

"We have not been allowed inside the hospital," Raghunath, a Congress MLA, said.

In a dig at the Congress, BJP tweeted, "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.

Senior minister D K Shivakumar, however, brushed aside reports that Singh had been assaulted and claimed all the Congress MLAs were united.

"Someone has misled. There was no incident of smashing of a bottle (on Singh's head). It is all fake news. Everyone is together. The entire Congress is united," he said.

Earlier on Sunday, the Congress in Karnataka issued notices to its four MLAs seeking explanation from them for their absence at the Legislature Party meeting, asking why no action should taken against them under the anti-defection law.

The notices were sent to Ramesh Jarkiholi, who was dropped as minister in the recent cabinet rejig and is said to be extremely unhappy over it, B Nagendra, Umesh Jadhav and Mahesh Kumatahalli, Congress sources said.

Exposing fissures in the party, the four lawmakers had skipped the

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meet Friday, which was called as a show of strength against the BJP's alleged attempt to topple the party's coalition government with the JD(S) in the

state.

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