After facing flak on ‘Mercedes gift’ Siddaramaiah now holding CLP meeting

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New Delhi, Former chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah was in the midst of a tempest for allegedly receiving a gift of the luxurious car Mercedes Benz. According to reports, the car which is over Rs 1.5 crore was allegedly “gifted” by Byrathi Suresh, an agriculturist-cum industrialist and a realtor who is one of the richest politicians in Karnataka.This rumour arose amid the political turbulence in Karnataka.  Siddaramaiah found himself in a fresh controversy after media reports emerged that he had been “gifted” a Mercedes-Benz car by his party legislator. The Congress, however, has denied this report.

The former chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah has called for another Congress Legislature Party meeting on Monday. All MLAs have been directed to attend the meeting, which comes in the wake of an alleged rift in the Congress-JD(S) coalition government.The meeting has been called for a day after two Congress MLAs — Anand Singh and JN Ganesh — had a “minor fight”. However, Congress leader Zameer Ahmed said the two leaders had minor differences after a discussion between the “two friends.”

Karnataka Congress MLA JN Ganesh, over reports of alleged brawl with Congress MLA Anand Singh, says : I did not hurt him. It is all a lie. If he’s hurt, I along with my family will go and apologise to him.  I, Anand Singh and Bheema Naik had a confrontation, we did not beat each other up. The quarrel snowballed. He (Anand Singh) slipped and he suffered few injuries.

The meeting has been called for a day after two Congress MLAs — Anand Singh and JN Ganesh — had a “minor fight”. However, Congress leader Zameer Ahmed said the two leaders had minor differences after a discussion between the “two friends.”Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge had said on Saturday that the party would issue a show-cause notice to MLAs who did not attend the CLP meeting held in Bengaluru on Friday. “First, we will issue a show-cause notice asking for an explanation. Then we will take some action after discussion with the party members,” he told . Kharge said out of the four MLAs who were absent at the meeting, two MLAs clarified their absence. “We will issue notices to the two who did not respond,” he had said.Four Congress MLAs skipped Friday’s meeting, following which the Congress moved rest of the 76 legislators to a resort.The meeting was convened by the party to assess whether its flock was intact amid speculation that some of the party MLAs had switched over to the BJP.The Congress, which shares power with JD-S, has 80 MLAs in the 224-member Assembly, including the Speaker. Accordingly, 79 MLAs were expected to attend the CLP meeting held under the supervision of central leaders K C Venugopal and Mallikarjun Kharge.

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