Karnataka issues prohibitory orders on Mekedatu padayatra, CM hints at action


Bengaluru, Jan 13 (IANS): After the high court wrap, the ruling BJP in Karnataka on Wednesday night issued prohibitory orders on the Mekedatu padayatra being taken out by the Congress in the state.

Chief Secretary P. Ravikumar issued the order and directed the Congress leaders and the authorities concerned to stop the padayatra with immediate effect.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has also stated that his government would initiate all possible measures in the interest of public health.

Meanwhile, Ramnagar district has turned a police fortress as about 4,000 police personnel have landed there in the backdrop of the government's order to stop the padayatra.

In his order, Ravikumar stated, "In the exercise of the powers conferred under the Disaster Management Act, I here by direct that all inter-district (within Karnataka) and intra-district (within Ramanagar district) movement of vehicles and persons for participating in the 'namma neeru namma hakku' (our water our right) padayatra or whichever name it is called with a similar purpose from Mekedatu to Bengaluru is prohibited with immediate effect," the order said.

"The order will be in force till further orders are issued for strict implementation by all Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police and Police Commissioners of the state. The Transport Commissioner is directed to take adequate measures to implement the order and aid the DCs and the police department," the order read.

It further warned that any person violating the order will be liable to face action under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, relevant sections of the IPC and other legal provisions.

Meanwhile, without talking the name of the Congress or its leaders, Bommai gave a clear hint that his government is going to initiate the required steps to ensure the safety of the people amid the ongoing Covid crisis.

"All political parties have worked together in the interest of the state when it comes to the question of rights over our land, water and people. Our government is committed to complete the Mekedatu project by taking all political parties into confidence. Presently, the Covid pandemic has hit the state, especially Bengaluru.

"In this background, it is our first priority to safeguard the health of the people of state and Bengaluru during the third wave of Covid. I ask everyone to respect the protocols in place to control the Covid menace. The government is ready to take all possible measures to safeguard the interests of the people of the state," Bommai said.

Sources said the state government has given a green signal to the police department to not allow the padayatra on Thursday, and if there is any resistance, directions have been issued to arrest the leaders.

With the Congress and its senior leaders sticking to their stand of going ahead with the padayatra, the situation might get tensed on the fifth day of the yatra on Thursday.

 

 

 

 

  

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Its on TV channels. BJP Minority Morcha is against this 'Mekedaatu Padayatre'. So thats it! Listen to the educated class. Its a futile exercise from now on. Stop this before you are blamed for the super spread in Bengaluru .

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    People want a Change ...

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  • Pacific Heights, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Schools and Colleges are closed till 31st Jan, Offices are working from home. But why are these guys so adamant. EVen if the do padayatra for 100 days, finally it will be the Supreme count decision. God forbid if it goes the Tamil Nadu way, then this super spreading yatre will prove very costly for a weak Congress. I pity the daily wage earners and poor people who are in this Yatra.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Readers, these pompous, self seeking netas, are the " Super Spreader " of Covid19 pandemic in Karnataka.. They use children, students, paid lackeys, to boost their image.. care little for the safety and health of humans in our society...

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  • habib, mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    BJP Can rally UP and Punjab for election there is no covid so only karnataka has covid , BJP scared of DKS

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  • bala, Kudla

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Let Meke and DEke continue the yathra.Govt should allow.End of few days the result will come. But DEKE want govt to stop. He is deilamma and tired. He needs eat and drink at nght like RWF.

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  • Rajesh B Shetty, Udupi

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    The padhyatra should have been stopped in the beginning. Not what is the point. Week CM & HM.

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  • Mohan, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Mokleg popikala patthd ulai padod materenla

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  • Alwin, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Government and opposition are on the same line. Government failed to administer law and order. Government guilty conscience made them await court orders. BJP better to get down from government as it's party formed government noton ethical ground and it is balanced governance

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    make dhatu is politically yielding drama by the parties !!

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Too little too late. ಡಿಕೆ ಮತ್ತು ಮೇಕೆ ಹಾಕುತಿದೆ ಕೇಕೆ ! ಬೇರೆಯವರು ಜೋಕೆ... ಇವರ ಯಾತ್ರೆ OK? ಯಾಕೆ ಯಾಕೆ?? Govt. ಮುಖಕೆ ಮೊಟ್ಟೆ !

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  • Raman, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Who will bell the cat is the Predicament for CM --

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  • jb, mlore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Well played by the government . Now they are taking action as per the high court and not against people protesting for water . Even if there was no protest the third wave is bound to spread and now they have enough reasons to put entire blame on Congress for the mess and this will echoed all around India during elections . Always feel Congress plays into the trap setup by the government. Kumaraswamy will be now waiting for the third wave to explode and will go bang bang on the Congress for the people's suffering due to third wave.

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  • Samarth, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Action should have been taken when padayatra started, why didn't government take action ? Government is scared of opposition party I guess. Rules are only for common man and not for political parties.

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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Don't you know what politics means "it is an art of fooling people", you think the Government would have taken any action against their own (politicians) if the court had not intervened.

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  • SRJ, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Congress has been joke and continues to be a joke.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    by hook or crook..the bacchali govt wants to stop padyatra...even the covid figures that are shown are false....just to put a stop to this tremendous padyatra which the saffron party is not able to stomach...Jai Bande Shivakumar....Aaage bado...hum tumhare saath hai...Akka Karnataka tumhare Saath Hai...long live Congress...Chacha Nehru se lekar Priyankas offsrping thak...zindabad....

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  • Jeevan, Kudlaa

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Tum age bado... Uppinangadi police ka pass lathi hai...

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  • RK, mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    please don't take any action.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Sitting in isolation and talking big. Have they learnt no lessons.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    If Congress is not obeying the prohibitory order, then Government will take action against District magistrate, Police Commissioner, and DC of that area, that they failed to control the Padayatra. But Government is safe and for them no responsibility.

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