BJP to launch statewide stir against govt

BJP National Vice-President B S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday said the party would launch a statewide agitation against the “maladministration” of the State government and for its “failure” to ensure law and order.

“We cannot remain silent spectators when the State is in doldrums...there is total failure of the administration, rape cases are on the rise. We have no option but to hit the streets”, Yeddyurappa told reporters at the party office in Bangalore.

He said the government had hiked water tariff by 10 per cent in Bangalore citing increase in costs, but had not brought down bus fares despite diesel prices coming down by Rs seven per litre during the last few weeks. 

“Our calculation is that KSRTC will be saving Rs 57.79 crore and BMTC Rs 18.9 crore per annum due to the slash in diesel prices. But the government is adamant on not reducing bus fare”, Yeddyurappa said.

BJP State President Pralhad Joshi alleged police excesses on the party representatives during a protest in Bangalore on Wednesday against increasing sexual assaults on women.

BJP MP and former minister Shobha Karandlaje on Wednesday wrote to the National Commission for Women requesting the panel’s intervention to ensure fair investigation in the Thirthahalli case wherein a minor girl was allegedly abducted and subsequently died following health complications.

Karandlaje in her letter stated that the girl had been raped and the police, under pressure from the state government, were trying to hush up the incident. 

However, Krishna, the father of the victim, in an interview to the media on Tuesday in Thirthahalli had said that he had not lodged complaint with the police alleging rape of his daughter. He claimed that he had only said an attempt was made to rape his daughter. 

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