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Congress councillors herded into resorts in Kodagu

Congress councillors and MLAs leaving for Kodagu on Monday.— Photo: Sudhakara Jain

Congress councillors and MLAs leaving for Kodagu on Monday.— Photo: Sudhakara Jain  

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The Congress on Monday packed off its 76 newly-elected BBMP councillors to “premier resorts” in Kodagu. Six Independents, who are supporting the Congress, are also believed to have reached one such resort. A few Ministers representing the city in the Assembly have accompanied them, fearing “poaching” by the BJP.

These 82 councillors will return to the city on Friday to participate in the elections for the posts of mayor and deputy mayor.

Defending the move to send the councillors to Kodagu, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G. Parameshwara said, “The BJP can do anything for power, including poaching our councillors.”

The councillors assembled at the KPCC office before leaving for Kodagu with Dr. Parameshwara laying down guidelines to be followed during their stay in resorts. They were asked not to receive calls from strangers or BJP leaders, according to sources in the KPCC.

Meanwhile, addressing a rally in Bengaluru, Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies Dinesh Gundu Rao said there is nothing unconstitutional about forging an alliance with the Janata Dal (Secular). He maintained that the BJP, which had resorted to ‘Operation Lotus’ when it was in power to poach MLAs, had no moral right to talk about the alliance.



They are accompanied by the six Independents, who are supporting

the party



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