The battle vote for the district party chairman of the St. Pölten FPÖ has an unexpected aftermath. A physical confrontation is said to have taken place there, but there are two different versions, which – allegedly – are both documented by several witnesses.
According to the first version, city councilor Klaus Otzelberger, a confidante of the winner of the vote, attacked his colleague Vesna Schuster, who had previously lost the vote. This is said to have happened as follows, as Schuster told the Standard: After Martin Antauer’s victory, the election of the deputy took place. Schuster cast her ballot and then went back to leave the room. On this occasion, Otzelberger met her – with an angry look. “I took a step to the side, then he stood just in front of me, stepped on my foot and pushed me away on the shoulder with the flat of his hand.” He was still standing on her foot. Schuster says that she then asked Otzelberger: “Until you are still normal, what are you doing?”. A little later Otzelberger came to her and apologized, whereupon Schuster yelled at him.
Otzelberger speaks of “lying propaganda”. According to him, the whole thing happened differently. After the election, he frantically ran forward to say something to the winner Antauer. “Vesna Schuster came towards me in the corridor, I tried to avoid it, then we accidentally collided.” Schuster did not want to accept his apology, now he would like to “resolve the conflict in the room calmly and objectively with a detailed discussion”.
Schuster also reports an injury to her shoulder that a doctor diagnosed with her over the weekend. That is why she was prescribed pain medication. She is currently not planning an ad.