Bangalore: In a bid to counter the opposition
Congress `Bellary Chalo` padayatra from tomorrow to highlight
BJP government`s "failures", the ruling party on Saturday announced
holding of four rallies across the state from August 2.
"The BJP campaign would highlight two years of our
government`s achievements and opposition`s anti-people stance
in contrast to the 15-day Congress padayatra to `protect` the
state," BJP state unit president K S Eswarappa told reporters
He said BJP has chosen Davanagere, the central part of
Karnataka for its first rally, to be followed by rallies at
Gulbarga on August 5, Mysore on August 12 and the final one at
Bellary, home district of the three Bellary Ministers, on
"We have already held a conference in Bangalore to
showcase achievements of the BJP-led Government. We wanted to
take this to people of all districts. Besides highlighting the
achievements, we will also focus on the anti-people attitude
adopted by opposition parties," he said.
He alleged that the Congress padayatra was solely for
political gains and said they were misleading people on the
On the Congress charge that BJP had betrayed people by
reneging on many of its poll promises made in 2008, he pointed
out they still have three more years to fulfil all promises.
The BJP leader said Health Minister B Sreeramulu was keen
on embarking on a padayatra from Bellary to Mysore, home
district of Opposition Congress leader Siddaramaiah. However,
the party advised him to drop the move and said it would hold
four rallies, he said.
He evaded reply to a query on why the government chose to
release names of select Congressmen allegedly involved in
mining activity and not the entire list sent by Lokayukta in
its first report on illegal mining. "We have released some
names now. We will release names of others also if need be."
Cairo: The wife of an Egyptian Coptic
priest whose disappearance had sparked demonstrations here,
has now been found, a week after she went missing.
The woman, wife of the bishop of Al-Minya`s Dayr Mawas
monastery had disappeared under mysterious circumstances and
protesters alleged that she was abducted.
Sources at the central church on Saturday said the
woman had left a week ago over marital disputes and has now
The incident had sparked protests in Cairo with
hundreds of angry Christians shouting slogans against the
However, the Church later appreciated security official for the return of the women.
Hani Aziz, Secretary-General of "Egypt Peace Lovers" society, said the priest`s wife disappeared from the house due
to normal marital disputes.