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Lok Sabha Elections: KPCC To Get Tough With Rebels

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee will take strict action against those leaders and workers who worked against the party in the April 17 Lok Sabha elections.

Published: 12th May 2014 08:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th May 2014 08:18 AM   |  A+A-

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee will take strict action against those leaders and workers who worked against the party in the April 17 Lok Sabha elections.

The committee has sought a report from its district units in this regard.

The KPCC had received complaints that some party workers in several Lok Sabha constituencies worked against the official candidates.

The complaints came mainly from Shimoga, Chitradurga, Mandya, Davangere, Bijapur, Bellary, Tumkur, Uttara Kannada, Belgaum, Kolar, Chikballapur, Bangalore North and Bangalore Central Lok Sabha constituencies.

While some had publicly campaigned against party nominees, a few tried to weaken the prospects of the candidates by staying away from campaigning, a source said.

When contacted, KPCC president G Parameshwara confirmed that the state unit had sought a report from the district bodies on anti-party activities.

“Some districts and taluk units had sent their reports, but we are still waiting for inputs from others,” the KPCC chief said.

Stating that the KPCC would place the reports before the party’s disciplinary committee for scrutiny, he said those who indulged in anti-party activities will face disciplinary action, including dismissal, from the primary membership.

It may be recalled that several aspirants, including former railway minister C K Jaffer Sharief (Bangalore Central), Kumar Bangarappa (Shimoga) and Thippeswamy (Chitradurga) had openly criticised party leaders for denying them tickets.

Sharief had shot off a letter to party supremo Sonia Gandhi and stayed away from campaigning.

Party candidates in many constituencies reportedly faced rebellion from workers during the elections, the sources said.

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