BJP worker injured in clash with Congress activists in Siddaramaiah’s native village

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Somanna campaigning in Varuna constituency on Thursday night.

MYSURU: A BJP worker was severely injured after being hit by a stone, allegedly by Congress workers, during a clash at Congress leader Siddaramaiah’s native Siddaramanahundi late on Thursday evening. The injured Nagesh was rushed to JSS Hospital in Mysuru where he is undergoing treatment for shoulder dislocation.

The Varuna police have registered non-cognisable reports (NCR) against three people and let them off. The incident allegedly occurred in front of the house of Siddaramaiah’s brothers.

Somanna and Pratap Simha visited the injured BJP worker at JSS Hospital in Mysuru on Friday.

On Friday, the BJP candidate from Varuna constituency, V Somanna and Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha visited the injured BJP worker in hospital. Speaking to reporters outside the hospital, Somanna said, “The Congress is frustrated and resorting to such tactics. All communities are with us, except one. Such incidents does not behove the dignity of a person of Siddaramaiah’s stature. I will not be deterred and I will write to the Election Commission”.

Pratap Simha said, “They had stones in buckets when we went there for campaign. It shows the frustration in the Siddaramaiah camp and they are afraid of losing. We have a right to seek votes everywhere”.

Dr Yathindra Siddaramaiah accused the BJP of blowing the incident out of proportion.

Meanwhile, Siddaramaiah’s son Dr Yathindra said the skirmish was a result of a brush between a car and a motorcycle and accused the BJP of being a violent party. “The BJP is giving a political colour to it and they are experts in creating trouble. I advise Congress workers not to get instigated because the BJP will use it for political gain. None of our family members were present at that time, but they have deliberately included our names in their complaint”, he added.

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