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Baig calls state Cong chief 'flop show',Gen Sec Venugopal a 'buffoon';Slapped with showcause notice

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In a no-holds barred attack, senior Roshan Tuesday accused the of being a "flop show" and scoffed at AICC K C as a "buffon", prompting the party to issue a show cause notice for his outburst.

Baig, a senior MLA, also slammed former for "dividing" society by attempting to give separate religion tag to Lingayat community and "abusing" the Vokkaliga community during his tenure in the top post.

The attack by who was miffed over being denied ticket to contest Lok Sabha polls came after the exit polls predicted a rout for the Congress-JD(S) alliance in and NDA's return to power at the Centre.

also appealed to the Muslims to "compromise with the situation" (about BJP-led NDA being in power) and not to remain like "cattle" and be reduced to a

"(in-charge of party affairs in the state) should have resigned when got 79 seats in assembly polls (a year ago). I feel sorry for such coming to our state...," he said

"K C is a buffoon, I feel sorry for him, I feel sorry for my Sri Rahul Gandhi ji," Baig told reporters here.

He added,"Buffoons like Venugopal and arrogant attitude of and the flop show ..the result is this (Lok Sabha exit polls forecast)."

A red-faced Pradesh Committee issued a "show cause" notice to Baig for his outbursts.

It said Baig's remarks were being considered seriously as an "anti party activity", and asked him as to why disciplinary action should not be taken against him.

Seeking Baig's explanation in a week, the notice signed by V Y Ghorpade said, "On failing to reply, further disciplinary action will be taken against you (Baig)."

The notice has taken strong exception to Baig's comments against Venugopal, Rao and

"By making statements to the media and causing discomfort to the party and expressing your (Baig) displeasure publicly through the media, you have conducted yourself by going against the party's principles. Your conduct has dented party's prestige," it said.

Baig said the "drastic decisions" led to the downfall of the party in the assembly election and now the same was reflected in the Lok Sabha exit poll results too.

"Nobody should divide the religion. A should behave like a statesman. What it means if he (Siddaramaiah) thinks he will win the election by dividing the religion? Isn't it madness?," he said.

He was referring to the Siddaramaiah government's decision to seek a separate religious tag to Lingayat community.

While the Congress leaders tried to divide the Lingayat community, they abused Vokkalikas, alleged Baig.

"They abused (leaders) H D Deve Gowda and H D Kumaraswamy. They polarised people. They segregated Vokkaligas and Lingayat communities," Baig alleged.

According to political observers, the decision on Lingayat community had cost the Congress dearly in the assembly polls, in which the BJP emerged as the single largest party but fell short of numbers.

The Congress and then formed a post-poll alliance and the government.

"Look at the way CLP (Siddaramaiah) behaved - his ego. After going to the doors of Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy with a proposal to form a coalition government, now you are saying I am the and I will be the chief minister again. People don't like such behaviour," Baig added.

Baig's angst was against Congress giving ticket to just one Muslim candidate against the demand for three candidates.

"Earlier they used to give tickets to three minorities. Today they gave it to only one," Baig said.

Appealing to Muslims to "compromise with the situation", he said, "we should not be sacrificed. We should not remain like cattle. We should not become of one side."

Asked whether he would quit Congress, Baig said he had not taken any decision yet.

Meanwhile, Baig's son in a tweet said: "Congress has created a fear psychosis amongst minorities. They've created a narrative that minorities should feel guilty if they decide to vote for BJP. But in reality, Congress leadership just uses the minority votebank as a safety cushion."

Reacting to Roshan Baig's outburst, Rao said the remarks crossed the limits of party's discipline.

"The results are not yet out but he is giving statements in a way as if he is extremely happy with the projections," Rao said.

Baig had earlier, too, expressed displeasure against the Congress leadership for not being included in the cabinet, headed by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.

His outbursts has come at a time when another senior MLA, Ramesh Jarkiholi, who is hobnobbing with the Bharatiya Janata Party, had threatened to quit the Congress along with other MLAs "soon".

Later in the day in a series of tweets Baig once again hit out at the Congress state leadership and said, he has not bothered to read the notice sent to him by the party.

"I've received the show-cause notice sent to me by the I'm not even going to bother to read it because it's clearly sent by the orders of the same people whose incompetencies were highlighted by me," he said in a tweet.

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First Published: Wed, May 22 2019. 00:35 IST