Cong launches 'sack CM' drive

Raj bhavan chalo: The Congress rally against the BJP government stalled traffic on Seshadri Road in Bangalore on Monday. DH photo

The State Congress on Monday intensified its agitation against the ruling BJP with top State leaders joining party workers in a ‘Raj Bhavan Chalo’ campaign seeking the dismissal of the B S Yeddyurappa government for corruption and collapse of the administrative machinery.

The march to the Raj Bhavan commenced from Freedom park and witnessed participation of senior Congress leaders including KPCC President G Parameshwara, Union Minister Mallikarjuna Kharge, former chief minister N Dharam Singh and Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah.

Hundreds of party workers also joined the procession, raising slogans against the government.

Madhusudan Mistry, AICC General Secretary in charge of Karnataka, MPs and legislators participated in the procession which concluded on the Palace Road, after the police refused to allow them to proceed ahead by walk.

The protesters drove up to the Raj Bhavan in two buses and met Governor H R Bhardwaj and submitted a memorandum seeking the dismissal of the State government.

The memorandum lists various scams and lapses that had allegedly taken place during the three-year BJP rule in the State such as five lakh tonnes of iron ore going missing from Belekeri port in Uttara Kannada district, withdrawal of cases against Bellary ministers and damage caused to the 400-year-old Suggalamma temple in Bellary.

Citing the resignations of Ramachandra Gowda, Krishnaiah Setty and Katta Subramanya Naidu due to scandals and criminal charges faced by H Halappa and M P Renuka­charya, the KPCC described the BJP government as “government of criminals”.

Earlier, addressing the rally, party leaders vented out their anger against the government and sought its dismissal.

Reacting to Yeddyurappa’s statement that the Congress party will “never” come to power in the State, Parameshwara said “Yeddyurappa is mentally ill as he is scared of the movement initiated by Congress against corruption,” he said.

AICC General Secretary Sanjay Nirupam, urged the Supreme Court to issue directions to register an FIR against Yeddyurappa in connection with illegal mining.

Siddaramaiah alleged that the government was using police force to threaten the Opposition party. He charged the chief minister with using police force to settle scores.

“You should be aware that you will pay for it dearly once you are out of power,” he warned the chief minister.

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