Police have accepted complaints from both sides

K.R. Puram in the city turned into a battle ground on Thursday when party workers from the ruling Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party got into a fight during the inauguration of asphalting work at Cambridge Layout in Anandnagar.

According to the police, the incident took place when an argument broke out between supporters of Congress MLA Byrathi Basavaraju and BJP councillor Eeranna.

A large number of people at the programme approached Mr. Basavaraju asking him to solve the water problems in the area. Replying to their request Mr. Basavaraju asked them to contact Mr. Eeranna, who is the councillor for the area.

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BJP workers, angered by the remark, said the Congress government was responsible for the water crisis in the area. Congress workers shot back saying the problems remained despite the BJP being at the helm in the BBMP for the last four years.

This led to a verbal duel between the two groups which soon turned physical. However, the two leaders restrained their supporters.

The issue took another turn later as former MLA Nandish Reddy staged a protest outside K.R. Puram police station alleging highhandedness by Congress workers, and called on Home minister K.J. George to visit the spot.

The Congress also launched a counter-protest outside the police station. The K.R. Puram police have accepted complaints from both sides.

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