JDS to join hands with Cong on `Bellary chalo` agitation

Last Updated: Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 00:56

Bangalore: The JDS today announced its
support to the proposed Congress-led "Bellary chalo", a
padayatra from Bangalore to Bellary to protest against illegal
mining and demanded a CBI probe into the issue.

Talking to reporters here, JDS leader H D Devegowda
said his party would chalk out programmes to join hands with
Congress after their July 18 meet to give final shape to the
padayatra.

He rejected Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa`s
contention that a CBI enquiry into illegal mining was not
necessary as the Lokayukta probe would bring out all the facts
and said it was necessary "as the issue involves inter-state
and international ramifications".

He demanded that the government orders a CBI probe
into the issue.

Gowda said he would meet Governor H R Bhardwaj to
request him not to give his assent to the bill banning cow
slaughter and added that JDS would launch a state-wide
agitation to create awareness among farmers on the bill.

-PTI



First Published: Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 00:56

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