Legislators stand united against sand mining

MLAs cut across party affiliations in opposing the govt order; dharna enters second day

The united protest by all the elected representatives, cutting across political affiliations, is perhaps the first of its kind in the State and has received accolades from civilians.
Five legislators from the district commenced their dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office on Wednesday. They even slept there itself, accompanied by few of their supporters.

District in-charge minister Dr Mumtaz Ali Khan, who met the dharna-engaged, said that he will raise their demands with the government. He declared that he was also against sand mining.

The elected representatives are staging dharna urging the government to withdraw permission granted for sand mining in the district. The two districts - Chikkaballapur and Kolar lack permanent irrigation facilities and the government’s move in allowing sand mining would further deplete the water table, they have contended.

The legislators said that they will not withdraw the dharna unless the government withdraws the permission granted for sand mining in the district.
The  citizens are of the opinion that the district would certainly march on the path of progress if the elected representatives continue to dedicate themselves, without any party barrier.

MLAs K P Bachegowda, Shivashankara Reddy, Dr Sudhakar, N Sampangi, K V Nagaraj of Komul, Taluk Panchayat member K R Reddy and representatives of various organisations took part in the dharna.

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