Question mark over Tejasvi Surya’s apology

MP Tejasvi Surya with MLAs Satish Reddy, Uday Garudachar and Ravi Subramanya at the South zone war room.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Bengaluru South BJP MP Tejasvi Surya revisited the South Zone war room on Thursday where he reportedly apologised and expressed regret for the inconvenience caused to those working at the war room when he and three MLAs live-streamed their expose of the alleged bed allotment scam.

Two independent sources in the war room confirmed the development and said that Mr. Surya had apologised, though his office put out a tweet claiming that the apology was “fake news”. The MP later retweeted this.

However, according to sources in the south zone room, Mr. Surya said it had not been his intention to tarnish them or affect work, but was only trying to do good to citizens. He also reportedly claimed he only read out the list of names given to him by someone, and did not intend to communalise the issue.

Repeated calls to Mr. Surya and his office did not elicit a response.

Mr. Surya had on Tuesday read out a list of 16 staffers, all Muslims, questioning their role, even as two MLAs — Satish Reddy and Ravi Subramanya — made communally loaded statements against them. On Thursday, the war room saw nearly 40% absenteeism, which affected emergency services. Those that reported to work said that they received many abusive calls after the incident.

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Printable version | Jun 19, 2021 9:48:34 AM |

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