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Congressmen attack AICC emissary monitoring polls

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Lenka leaves for Delhi in a huff to report to High Command

SHIMLA: The senior Congress leader and Chairman of the Congress State Election Authority, K.C. Lenka, who has been camping here for monitoring the party organisational elections was roughed up by the supporters of the main faction of the party here on Sunday. Mr. Lenka was coming out of the Pradesh Congress Committee office along with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and other senior leaders and Ministers when he was attacked.

The Chief Minister had a tough time in controlling the Congressmen who were drawing Mr. Lenka's attention to their grievances. "But it was a clear show of strength by a particular faction that was trying to pressurise the AICC emissary in its favour from the day one", alleged a senior Congressman.

According to party sources, Mr. Lenka had given a dressing down to some of the office-bearers for changing the lists of candidates who were duly elected but not suiting to this group. He had stated last week that "Congress organisation would not be allowed to remain under the grip of a single leader and no one would be allowed to use unfair means and pressure tactics to influence the ongoing organisational elections". This statement had created a panic among the supporters of the dominant faction.

Mr. Lenka after expressing his resentment to the Chief Minister during the scuffle said, "I know who all are behind this" and rushed to his hotel, said party sources. Despite efforts by Mr. Singh and some of his Ministers Mr. Lenka preferred to leave for Delhi at night itself. He was heard saying that he would report the matter to the High Command.

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