More than 25 Congress workers were left injured in the acid attack at a party rally in Tumkur, where they were celebrating their victory in the Karnataka Civic Polls Results 2018. Preliminary reports claimed that the Congress workers were celebrating after their candidate Inayatullah Khan from the 16th ward in Tumkur city corporation was declared the winner. Amid the celebration, acid was thrown on a group of workers by unidentified miscreants. The police have launched an investigation team into the case. A search operation is underway to nab the attackers.
The Congress has suspected the involvement of Bharatiya Janata Party in the attack on their workers. “We have many reasons to suspect that the BJP is involved. They have shown their intolerance towards our victory. We want a thorough probe into the case,” said Congress leader K E Radhakrishna. In Tumkur, where the attack was carried out, BJP surged ahead of the Congress with the victory on 12 of the 35 city corporation seats, whereas, the Congress and the JD(S) managed to win 10 seats each.
In the civic polls held today, a total of 2,664 wards were contested across 105 urban local bodies. The Congress has emerged as the single-largest party, winning 982 seats. The BJP trails as the first-runner-up, with 929 wins. The JD(S) emerged as a distant third, with victory on 375 seats. A total of 328 seats were bagged by Independent candidates.
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