Are there the workers of any political party dare to siege their own headquarters and hoist black flag after bringing down their own party flag?
Yes, the congressmen can do it. Because Congress is the only party which is functioning ‘democratically’, according to its leaders.
Here, let we see a story of congressmen who siege their own state head office in Tamilnadu.
More than 1000 Congress workers agitated before the State party headquarters Satyamurthi Bhavan at Chennai on Wednesday protesting against the denial of the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat to the party.
The party workers, who came to the city in the morning from various towns in Kanyakumari district, enforced a ‘blockade’ on the Bhavan. They ignored Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K.V.Thangkabalu’s advice.
Led by party MLAs S.Jayapaul and S.John Jacob and former MLAs Pon.Vijayaraghavan and Kumaradoss, all belonging to Kanyakumari district, they asked their leaders not to settle for anything other than the allotment of the seat to the party.
They closed the main gate of the Bhavan and refused to allow anybody to either enter or leave. They hoisted a black flag atop the Bhavan building after bringing down the party's tricolor flag. They shouted slogans against the TNCC president and the five-member election committee, which had negotiated with the DMK.
They said Kanyakumari, known as Nagercoil before delimitation, was traditionally a Congress seat, and was “gifted to the DMK by the Congress.” It was from Nagercoil that Kamaraj was elected to the Lok Sabha.
In the last Lok Sabha elections too, the party failed to get the seat. That time Nagarcoil seat had gone to Communist Party of India (Marxist) and it won the seat. At least this time, the congressmen wanted the party should get it back. They urged the TNCC president to renegotiate with the DMK.
When Thangakabalu came out to address the agitating party men he was heckled and his pleas for maintaining calm fell on deaf ears. Unable to handle the angry mob, he drove out amidst high security to meet DMK chief Mr.Karunanidhi.
Emerging after a meeting with Mr.Karunanidhi later in the evening, Mr.Thangkabalu said that one of the issues raised by the TNCC was reallocation of Kanyakumari to the Congress. “We did talk about Kanyakumari also,” he said in response to question. “We will keep talking,” he added when asked if the DMK was willing to part with the seat.
But the DMK leaders said the process of seat sharing with the Congress was complete. If each of the seats were to be revisited, it would create problems for all constituents of the alliance. Hence, in the interest of the alliance, it was best left to the list earlier agreed upon.Describing the seat-sharing process. A leader said that this was done only after all the members of the seat-sharing committee in the TNCC agreed to the list drawn up. The list was also cross-checked with the leader in-charge of Tamil Nadu Ghulam Nabi Azad before being finalised. Any change would also require the high command to be apprised as the present list had its approval.