All Congress MLAs in Chhattisgarh will resign from the Assembly to protest the ruling BJP’s approach to providing security to leaders. In a House of 90, the Congress tally is 39.
The decision was taken at a Congress Legislature Party meeting here on Sunday, in the wake of the May 25 Maoist ambush of a party convoy in Bastar district. Party spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Tribedi said, “The proposal has been unanimously adopted and will be sent to the party high command for approval.”
He complained that “BJP candidates who lost the election are given more security than top Congress and leaders.”
Twenty-six people including PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel, his son, Congress leader and Salwa Judum founder Mahendra Karma and the former MLA Uday Mudliyar were killed and 30 others, including senior leader Vidya Charan Shukla, injured in the Maoist attack. Among the killed were 10 security personnel.
AICC secretary B.K. Hariprasad and senior leader Motilal Vora refused to answer questions on selection of the next PCC chief. “Let us leave the decision to the Congress high command,” said Mr. Vora.