Vayalar Ravi defers trip to Bangalore

Bangalore, July 11: Congress general secretary Vayalar Ravi has deferred his two-day trip to Bangalore from tomorrow, planned reportedly to sense the mood in the party, following discontent over the recent ministry reshuffle.

Bangalore, July 11: Congress general secretary Vayalar Ravi has deferred his two-day trip to Bangalore from tomorrow, planned reportedly to sense the mood in the party, following discontent over the recent ministry reshuffle.
KPCC president Allum Veerabhadrappa told reporters here Ravi, in charge of party affairs in Karnataka, had postponed the visit as legislature was in session and MLAs planned visits to their constituencies during the week-end in view of "scarcity conditions".

A section of legislators and some ministers, reportedly unhappy over the recent ministry reshuffle and also first time MLAs who did not find ministerial berths, had planned to meet Ravi and present grievances.

Veerabhadrappa denied Ravi's visit was planned to mollify discontented elements in the party and said it was originally scheduled to felicitate him on being appointed as in charge of Karnataka affairs.

On the grouse of the first-time MLAs over not being inducted into the ministry, he said "young people should be given a chance. I have no objection to it".

First-time legislators had planned to hold a meeting last night, apparently to put pressure on Krishna but called it off at the last minute.

Veerabhadrappa said he found nothing wrong in senior party leader Jaffar Shariff meeting AICC president Sonia Gandhi over the reshuffle to express his views on the issue.

He said he was not aware of what transpired at the meeting between Gandhi and water resources minister H K Patil, who is leading the disgruntled group in the party.

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