Bangalore: More than 500 Congress activists
were detained on Sunday after they held protests in the city and
parts of Karnataka against the anti-corruption yatra of BJP
leader LK Advani.
KPCC President G Parameshwara was among those detained at
the old airport road when a group of Congress activists led by
him staged protest demanding "go back Advani".
The Congress workers, sporting masks of jailed BJP
leaders including former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, G
Janardhana Reddy, Katta Subramanya Naidu and SN Krishnaiah
Setty, raised slogans against the ruling party`s government
and corruption allegations it has been facing.
Police took into custody more than 60 Congress workers
near the Mahatma Gandhi statue while they were on their way to
stage protest. At the Freedom Park, the Congress held a
Similar protests were held in parts of the state,
according to reports reaching here.
Meanwhile, Advani reached Bangalore by flight here and
was given a rousing reception by BJP workers. He was received
at the airport by Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda and BJP state
unit president KS Eswarappa, among others.
Advani will be launching his first leg of "Jan Chetana
Yatra" in Karnataka with a public rally at the National
College grounds, for which police have thrown tight security
Advani`s yatra will visit coastal districts of Dakshina
Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada for two days from tomorrow.
The police have a tough task of maintaining law and order
today as the city will witness the Advani rally, Congress
protests and the first ever rock concert being performed by
American band Metallica in India at the palace grounds.