A meeting of the Congress party in Tamil Nadu's Sivaganga district descended into chaos after people started fighting inside a room where party workers and leaders had gathered to discuss plans for a local body election. Congress MP Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, was present at the meeting. Sivaganga is also the Lok Sabha constituency of Karti Chidambaram. In visuals, two men are seen hurling plastic chairs at some people near the door of the hall and chasing them away. The fight happened between two factions of the local Congress unit adding the police has taken control of the situation and cleared the room. Reports say some of the Congress workers want to replace local functionaries and leaders to strengthen the party in the area.
Dalit man made to spend Rs 11,000 for entering temple
Close on the heels of a Dalit family being penalised Rs 25,000 over their two-year-old son entering a temple in Kustagi, a Dalit man was forced to arrange a feast spending Rs 11,000 for entering a Lakshmi Devi temple in a village at Karatagi, a police officer said. “Yes, it is true that the man spent Rs 11,000 to arrange feast for entering the temple. Our officers are investigating the matter," superintendent of Police T Sreedhara said. According to him, the incident came to light on Friday and since then the temple management led by the priest raised an alarm and forced the man to organise the feast. Sreedhara said a few months ago, a theft had taken place in the village and it was decided that no one should enter the temple except the priest.