Bengaluru: Legislators from the Congress party,currently holed up in a plush resort outside of Bengaluru, will remain there for at least one more night as leaders continue to chart out the next course of action.
Herded into Eagleton resort, located on the outskirts of Bengaluru, on Friday allegedly to shield themselves from the poaching attempts of the Bharathiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress legislators have been lapping up luxuries at a time when the state's agrarian crisis deepens and 156 out of 177 talukas, or administrative units, have been declared as drought hit.
"They will be staying back and are likely to leave on Monday," one person familiar with the developments said, requesting not to be named.
The party also conducted a legislator party meeting late on Sunday which included topics like drought, preparations for Lok Sabha among other issues.
Two legislators from Ballari were also given a dressing down after they allegedly assaulted one of their colleagues in an inebriated state after heated exchanges, another person aware of the developments said.
Kampli legislator J.N.Ganesh and Hagirbommanahalli MLA Bheema Naik allegedly physically assaulted Vijayanagara legislator Anand Singh over an issue regarding their home district that ended with the latter being rushed to the hospital after sustaining injuries to the face, eye and shoulders.
The Congress denied that a fight happened, even though different leaders gave varying accounts ranging from Singh having slipped and fallen to chest pain to contain the damage.
Television news channels reported that Singh was hit on the face with a bottle. Though party leaders, on the condition of anonymity, said that there was a fight between the two legislators, Mint could not verify claims that Singh was hit with a bottle.
"Congress MLA's fear for life under HDK govt. @siddaramaiah preaches everyone of Constitutional values, we demand @dineshgrao & @siddaramaiah to immediately suspend their party MLA responsible for attack on MLA Anand Singh & uphold constitutional values," the state BJP wrote on Twitter tagging Bengaluru Police commissioner to act on the case.
"It's unfortunate that @KPCCPresident was unable to stop the fight in Eagleton resort. We hope Anand Singh is being treated & we pray for his speedy recovery Unfortunately @dineshgrao can't even blame BJP now, MLA's were locked up under his watch at Eagleton Whats ur excuse now?(SIC)" the BJP said in another tweet to keep the pressure on the Congress.
Another Congress leader said that Singh is unlikely to file a complaint.
The Congress leadership also held one-to-one meeting till late on Sunday asking legislators on poll preparedness.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and Karnataka in charge, K.C.Venugopal conducted meetings with legislators.