Karnataka Congress Leader Denies Assaulting Fellow MLA at Resort; Report Shows Eye, Face, Chest Injury
Anand Singh was hospitalised after he and Ganesh, both from Ballari district, had a heated argument and came to blows at the resort where the Congress MLAs are herded together amid the BJP's alleged poaching attempt.
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Bengaluru: Congress legislator J N Ganesh, who had allegedly hit party MLA Anand Singh with a bottle, on Monday denied allegations of brawl at Bengaluru resort. However, the medical report has revealed severe injuries on face, eye and chest.
According to the report accessed by CNN-News18, Anand Singh has wounds on face, chest and eye, refuting DK Shivakumar's claim that the Congress MLA was admitted at the hospital due to chest pain.
Dismissing the allegations of a brawl, Ganesh said that no such incident had taken place. "No such incident has taken place. Anand Singh, Bhima Naik and I were talking when something happened. This is it. What happened is personal. But what is being shown is complete lie. Even I was hurt but I didn't say anything," he said.
Meanwhile, Singh's wife, Laxmi, has threatened to take legal action against the errant MLA. Laxmi told the media that she will not keep quiet and will resort to legal action against Ganesh, if the report indicates the allegation to be true.
She is currently in Mumbai to attend a relative's wedding and is expected to return to Bengaluru soon.
Anand Singh was hospitalised after he and Ganesh, both from Ballari district, had a heated argument and came to blows late last night at the resort where the party MLAs are herded together amid the BJP's alleged poaching attempt, according to sources.
Asked if she has been informed that Ganesh provoked Singh, Laxmi said, "I do not know whether Ganesh provoked my husband, but can anybody try to kill somebody for provocation? Is it right?"
Asked if there was a scuffle between Ganesh and Singh in the recent past, she said, "No, they are good friends. Yes, my husband told me that in the last Congress Legislature Party meeting, there was a heated exchange with (legislator) Bheema Naik. Other than that he did not tell me anything."
Replying to another query, Laxmi said she does not know when Singh would be discharged from the hospital. "My relatives, including my brothers, who are at the hospital, said my husband is in pain," she said.
"I have made several calls, but I was told he was sleeping. Nobody is telling me the exact account of my husband's condition," she said, adding that her son had spoken to Minister D K Shivakumar, who said Singh was fine.
Singh was admitted to a private hospital. Singh had "a black eye and suffered blunt injuries" and also complained of uneasiness in the chest, hospital sources said.
Ganesh is among the disgruntled Congress MLAs who was reportedly in touch with other dissidents in the party and was on BJP's radar in its alleged toppling game.