A woman Congress MP from Karnataka,Dr Tejasvini Gowda,who had defeated former prime minister H D Deve Gowda in the last general elections,was on Monday driven to tears by
her party colleagues who heckled her at the camp site of the
district and block level Congress workers,who had come here to participate in the national convention on Sunday.
The incident,in the presence of AICC general secretary in charge of the state Prithviraj Chavan
and PCC chief R V Deshpande,happened barely 24 hours after Congress chief Sonia Gandhi pointed out differences within our ranks and exhorted party leaders to stay united.
As an extension of the day-long convention on Sunday,AICC general secretaries were on Monday interacting with grassroots level workers to hear their grievances at Burari,the camp site.
As a section of party leaders from Karnataka,said to be loyalists of PCC working president D K Shiv Kumar,started heckling the Kanakpura MP and demanded her replacement in the next elections,Tejasvini came on to the dais and took on the unruly crowd of Congress workers,calling them goonda elements.
She was learnt to have informed the central leadership later that one of those heckling her had physically attacked her four years ago. She alleged that Shiv Kumar was behind the incident as he wanted his brother D K Ramesh to be given the party ticket from Kanakpura in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Contacted by The Indian Express,Tejasvini refused to talk about the incident: I cannot talk to the press because of party discipline. Asked why she was crying outside the camp,she said,I was just feeling sad and dejected.
The incident underscored the continuing internecine fight in the Congress that had come to the fore even at the national convention on Sunday. Many speakers had taken the opportunity to attack their rival factions.