A function to inaugurate an office of the Congress’ mayoral candidate ahead of the civic polls in Indore turned into a fistfight as supporters of ticket-seekers left in the cold clashed over unfair ticket distribution Friday.
The brawl broke out at the function, which was aimed at showcasing unity in the faction-ridden state unit ahead of the civic polls, after the party’s former corporator Sarwar Khan and her supporters accused state Congress president Arun Yadav of foul play in the distribution of party tickets.
The slugfest broke out after a group of Congress workers in the crowd led by Khan, accused Yadav of betrayal, saying that party tickets were distributed in an arbitrary manner.
More than 30 Congress workers accompanying Khan, waved black flags and started heckling senior party leaders and other workers present at the event, who retaliated by roughing up the rebels.
Indore city’s Congress president Pramod Tondon came down heavily on the protesters, which prompted other Congress workers present to try and stop the rebellion. The Congress workers exchanged punches and abuses as the ticket-seekers, who were denied tickets, blamed the state Congress chief for unjust ticket distribution.
The party supporters caught hold of Khan and her supporters and rained blows on the hecklers.
Even, the woman workers present at the event came down heavily on Khan and hurled plastic chairs at her.
After the scuffle, Khan told presspersons that she had come to voice her concerns to senior party leaders and she had no intention to disturb the party’s event. “I came to tender my resignation to party leaders,” Khan said.
She alleged that, earlier the state Congress chief had asked her to file the nomination from ward number two but later, Sanjay Patel, one of Yadav’s aides, demanded that she pay `25 lakh for the ticket and then allegedly sold it to Rafiq Khan.
Senior party leaders condemned the incident, saying that it was unfortunate, and everybody cannot be given party ticket.
Later, an infuriated Tondon announced that Khan was expelled from party for six years.