Congress urges Governor to arrest BJP leader

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Bangalore, May 15 (UNI) Fearing that BJP would allegedly perpetrate a 'blood bath' in the politically volatile Bellary, Congress today urged the Governor Rameshwar Thakur to order the arrest of former Minister Sriramulu who allegedly physically assaulted a Congress worker.

A Congress delegation met the Governor and explained incident in the mining town and said BJP, desperate after realising that it would lose the Assembly elections, had unleashed terror against Congress workers in the district.

After emerging from the Rajbhavan, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) General Secretary Prakash Rathod, Mlc, who led the delegation said Mr Sriramulu had brutally assaulted a senior worker Venkata Rao in Bellary today.

They accused the local police of not taking action against the BJP leader and said they had failed to arrest him despite 'knowing' his whereabouts.

"BJP is now desperate. It has realised that it would lose badly in the ongoing elections. For this reason they had triggered bomb blasts in the state after their attempts to win elections by issuing fake identity cards and other subversive methods in the first phase had not borne any results," he alleged.

The delegation appealed to the Governor to give appropriate directions to the police authorities to take action against the culprits and arrest them, and create a suitable atmosphere for free and fair polls in the coming two phases.

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