Bangalore: Congress in Karnataka today
finalised the roadmap of its `Bellary Chalo Padayatra` to
highlight the illegal mining issue in the state and step up
its campaign against the BJP government.
The yatra would cover five districts and 320 km,
Karnataka PCC president R V Deshpande told reporters here
after a meeting attended by Congress` present and former
legislators, district presidents and party office bearers.
Starting from here, the yatra would pass through the
districts of Bangalore Urban and Rural, Tumkur, Chitradurga
and Bellary covering the distance in 15 days -- 20 km each
day. At the culmination in Bellary, the party would organise a
The party would organise roadside meetings and public
rallies along the way, he said, adding that the exact date of
commencement of the yatra would be finalised shortly.
Deshpande said the illegal iron ore extraction and
exports scam would top Rs 50,000 crore to Rs 60,000 crore if
one were to take into account the quantity supplied to
domestic firms also.
Bellary is the home district of Revenue Minister G
Karunakara Reddy and his brother and Tourism Minister G
Janardhana Reddy -- who have been targetted by the Congress
and JDS -- and their strong-hold.
The Reddy brothers are facing allegations of illegal
mining and the Congress has slammed the BJP government for
"avoiding" a CBI probe into the issue.
Reacting to Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa`s "clean chit"
to Reddy brothers, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said
in Delhi though the announcement was shocking, it did not
spring any surprise.
"You are avoiding the CBI inquiry and what you do, you
first start shooting the messenger, ignore the message and
then give a clean chit (to Reddy brothers)," he said.