Protests welcome BSY

Political parties and farmers stage stir

Police arresting Youth Congress members, who were staging protest near the venue of saree distribution programme in Chikmagalur on Sunday. Youth Congress District President Sachin Meega alleged that the Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Sringeri MLA D N Jeevaraj are exhibiting double standards with regard to the development of the State.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Meega said that because of MLA Jeevaraj, a programme organised to distribute mobility aid to physically challenged under the Central government scheme was stalled.

“The CM prevented the programme from taking place by paying heed to the MLA’s words. We had to obtain High Court order to distribute equipment to physically challenged persons. Hence, the raged party workers are protesting against the Chief Minister,” he clarified.

“We do not oppose any pro-people government schemes. We have not objection in holding programmes to distribute Bhagyalakshmi scheme bonds and sarees. We oppose only the foul politics being played by Yeddyurappa, which is strangling development of the state,” Meega said.  

Many Youth Congress leaders including Vinay, Tarikere Naveen and Shareef were arrested for shouting slogans against the CM.

On the other hand Congress and CPI parties staged a protest together at Hanumanthappa circle alleging the government for playing vote bank politics to grab more votes in the local elections by distributing saris to Bhagyalakshmi scheme beneficiaries.

The protesters started the stir at old taluk office and moved to Hanumanthappa circle and blocked the road near the circle. The police, who rushed to the spot immediately, arrested the protesters and paved way for vehicle movement.

Addressing the protest Congress district block president M L Murthy accused the government of not coming to the rescue of people living in rain hit areas.

“The government is encashing the sentiments of people for political benefits,” he charged.  CPI District Secretary Amjad addressed the protesters.

In Ajjampura

Farmers led by former MLA Neelakantappa held a protest holding black flags prior to the arrival of Yeddyurappa at  Gondenahalli village in Ajjampura.

Neelakantappa said that Tarikere taluk has been ignored completely by the government. The protesters shouted slogans against Yeddyurappa charging him of being corrupt. About 50 protesters were arrested from the venue and  were released after the CM’s programme was over.

Neelakantappa said that the proposal of supplying water from Hebbe water resource is unscientific and hence demanded that the government should drop the project.

“The water resource is in our taluk and hence, priority should be given to us,” he added.
He said that a total of Rs five crore damage has been caused due to rains in the taluk. “Let the government release compensation immediately,” he urged.

The government is carrying out work of Bhadra upper canal using muscle power, he charged adding, “stop the work immediately.”

“Money, wine and women dominate the BJP government. The government is least bothered about the well-being of farmers in the State,” he said adding that the government has failed completely in fulfiling the demands of the people in the taluk.

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