Syed Wali Khadri, chairman of the minority wing of the District Congress Committee, has said that an appeal will be made to the party high command to remove Sethuram, president of the district unit, for what he described as sidelining the Muslim community.

Addressing mediapersons here, Mr. Khadri alleged that Mr. Sethuram had deliberately convened a meeting of party workers on Friday knowing that a majority of Muslims would be going for namaz that day. “He decided to go ahead with the meeting even after being requested to change the schedule to suit Muslim members,” Mr. Khadri said, adding that Mr. Sethuram had denied him permission to speak at a meeting of party leaders. “I wanted to highlight the problems of minorities in the party, but by not allowing me to speak Mr. Sethuram made it clear that he is against the minorities,” Mr. Khadri alleged.

The party had suffered a series of defeats in the zilla and taluk panchayat elections for sidelining the minorities in the district. Therefore, it had been decided to launch a campaign “Sethuram tolagisi Congress Ulisi” from August 26.

The agitation would be intensified if members of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee failed to take any action in this regard, he said.

Mr. Khadri, however, made it clear that the minorities would not launch any agitation till the visit of External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna to the district on August 25. “We will offer a hearty welcome to Mr. Krishna because he had given five ministerial berths to minorities during his tenure as Chief Minister of the State,” Mr. Khadri said.

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