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Congress leaders condemn notice to Somanna

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: The Congress leaders of Mysore and Chamarajnagar districts belonging to the Veerashaiva community have taken exception to the show-cause notice issued to former Minister and Govindarajnagar MLA V. Somanna by the party. He had only highlighted the reasons for the party’s poor show in the recently-concluded elections during the meeting of the party’s legislature in Bangalore.

The leaders held a meeting here on Saturday and passed a resolution condemning the party’s action against Mr. Somanna, who belongs to Veerashaiva community.

“It is unfortunate that the party chose to issue notice to Mr. Somanna who put forward reasons for the party’s debacle in the elections before the observers in the party’s interests. Though he spoke at the platform given by the party, his comments with good intentions has attracted notice. When other leaders have been making open statements against the party, no action had been taken against them,” the leaders said, in a press release here, on Saturday.

They alleged that the party had neglected the community leaders. “The party could have retained former minister M. Mahadev, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, by calling a truce between him and former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The leaders did very little in his case which resulted in Mr. Mahadev’s exit. The case of retired police officer L. Revannasiddaiah was no different from Mr. Mahadev,” the leaders said.

Out of 15 constituencies in Mysore and Chamarajnagar districts, the party gave ticket to the Veerashaiva community in one constituency – Gundlupet. “This clearly indicates that the party is sidelining the community,” they charged.

They urged the party high command to withdraw the notice and provide larger responsibilities to Mr. Somanna in the party. “If the mistakes are not set right even at this stage, the days may not be far when the community totally distances itself from the Congress party,” they warned.

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