Congress plans padayatra from Bangalore to Bellary

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 09:56

Bangalore: Upping its ante against the BJP
Government in Karnataka over illegal mining issue, Opposition
Congress today said it would undertake a protest `padayatra`
from here to Bellary after conclusion of on-going legislature
session.
The state Congress, which has been attacking Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa for his "failure" to curb illegal
mining, plans to rope in some of its top leaders, including
Rahul Gandhi, for the padayatra.
"At the end of the 15-20 day padayatra, a rally will be
held in Bellary," Congress leader Siddaramaiah told reporters
after he led an indefinite dharna in the House after his
demand for a CBI probe into "illegal" mining was turned down
by the government.

The planned stir comes in the backdrop of Tourism
Minister G Janardhana Reddy challenging the Opposition parties
to "dare visit Bellary to agitate and they will be taught a
lesson".

Siddaramaiah had responded that his party would stage a
protest in front of Reddy`s house, one of the mining magnets
of the state.

Meanwhile senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes visited
the state assembly, where his party MLAs have been on a
night-long dharna and spoke to them.

Fernandes defended Congress demand for a CBI probe into
"illegal mining".

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 09:56

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