Karnataka Congress announces temporary withdrawal of 'Mekedatu padayatra'

Bengaluru, Jan 13 (IANS): After criticism by the Karnataka High Court and crackdown by the BJP government for conducting 'Mekedatu padayatra' amid Covid crisis, the state Congress unit has announced temporary withdrawal of the 10-day padayatra.

Announcing the decision in the press conference, Opposition leader Siddaramaiah said, "after the relaxation of Covid guidelines, padayatra would be taken up again from Ramanagar, where it is being stopped for now," he said. State President D.K. Shivakumar announced that it is a sacrifice the Congress party is making in the interest of public health.

"It is a temporary break in the interest of people and the decision was taken respecting the sentiments of the court," he said. "It is a temporary stop, not a permanent stop," he added.

Siddaramaiah explained that this is the fifth day of padayatra and they were supposed to begin from Ramanagar to Bidadi. After reaching Kengeri the rally would have reached Bengaluru city. "Since more than 15,000 infections are reported in Bengaluru, we are a responsible political party and at this juncture we are taking decision in the interest of people," he stated.

"In the third Covid wave, cases have started spreading rapidly. Congress party is not the reason for this. After the third wave started, on Jan 6, new elected MLCs swearing-in-ceremony was conducted. As many as 4,000 to 5,000 people gathered. CM Bommai and many ministers participated in the function and no care was taken. BJP MLA Sudhash Guttedar conducted a rally, Honnali BJP MLA M.P. Renukacharya conducted a huge procession. Central ministers conducted meetings and participated in processions. They carried out the Jan Ashirwad Yatra. No permission was taken for all this," he explained.

"Even fair was allowed in the constituency of Home Minister Araga Jnanendra. Not a single case on them has been registered. But, FIRs have been lodged and submitted to court against us. Their (ruling BJP) intention is not good. Their whole aim is to stop padayatra at any cost," he explained.

"We want people's health, 15,000 cases in Bengaluru are not because of padayatra. All over the country and worldwide there is a spike in Covid cases. We are concerned about the health of people. Our padayatra should not be the reason for the spread of the pandemic," Siddaramaiah maintained.

"We discussed all this. We don't fear cases or diktats of the BJP government in the state. In view of people's health and not to bring in minds of people that we are the reason for the spread of Covid, the decision has been taken to stop padayatra," he stated.

The 10-day Padayatra started on Jan 9 from Mekedatu. It entered its fifth day on Thursday and thousands of people have participated in the padayatra and covered 60 km. The padayatra was supposed to reach Bidadi by evening and reach Kengeri on Friday. Congress leaders earlier defied all government orders and carried on with padayatra despite curfew orders.

Opposition leader in Rajyasabha Mallikarjun Kharge, former union minister Veerappa Moily, former minister Shivashankar Reddy and other senior leaders who participated in the padayatra have tested positive for Covid. Home Minister Araga Jnanendra has stated that thousands of people affected with Covid-19 are taking part in the padayatra and it is going to become a super spreader in the state.

Karnataka High Court taking up a PIL in this regard, rapped ruling BJP as well as opposition Congress on padayatra and issued notices to both to clarify on the matter on Jan 14 (Friday). Coming under immense pressure, the BJP government finally began a crackdown on padayatra.

The matter of the Mekedatu project is presently before the Supreme Court.






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  • Peace lover, Karkala

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Zameer missing in entire drama. Harris son was necked out by DKS in video we saw. Points to note minority voters

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Respecting court's sentiment and concern the temporary halt is welcome decision being a responsible party. Those who blame them forgot they violated Supreme Court order while demolishing the disputed structure in Ayodhya. Now coming to present cold virus infection turned into business of gain by fake tests and lies about healthy people will be exposed and all criminals will be punished who were directly responsible for creating this pandemic through China with a drama created to create fear psychosis to scuttle economies of all countries so that they can control whole world population. Hope this year their hidden agenda will be exposed and all countries will regain their freedom and sovereignty.

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  • kumara, abu dhabi

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    who sponsored this programme???

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  • Saran, Manglore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    It's good to imagine beautiful things which never happened for mind and health.

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  • Karuna, Bengaluru

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Collecting crowds for a group of rowdies is not a big job. They would have got royal treatment in one of the jails simmilar to Tihar Jail, which their leader enjoyed for 40days or more, if they had continued their padayatra. Anyway better sense has prevailed.

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  • Prashanth, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Bandege dynamite ittru !!

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Readers, this disgraceful act of deliberately jeopardizing the health of Bangaluru citizens have to be unanimously condemned !! This action to withdraw " Padyatra " is too little, too late !!! Only God knows how many citizens have been infected with Covid19 virus... Will the INC netas take responsibility for hospitalization n possibly deaths in Karnataka ????

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  • A.M. Belma, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    It's all about showing who is popular ? Siddu or DKS?? The project was in principle approved by centre but TN had gone to SC to stoppage.....instwad of RG had asked these people to stop the Yarra if he would have called Stalin, issue would have been resolved now....congress is fooling people and while doing so, it's making making entire route as covid hot spread....

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  • Pacific Heights, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    All is well ends well.

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  • SHAMSHUDDIN MOHAMMED, dammam saudi arabia

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Poster Why DK brothers Photo' in active Bigger size? why not any other pictures Muslim Mla Pictures disappear? something thrilling event...........

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  • A.M. Belma, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Bro! Wake up! their affiliation has gone elsewhere. Havent you seen the foreheads of their leaders from top to bottom. The will sing mapilla paat while campaigning and then slowly run off to Trishur.

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  • bala, Kudla

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Even DK wanted to end because of the fitness problems. All ends well.

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  • Jeevan, Kudlaa

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Afraid for police lathi...

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Govt got the first word, probably directly from the court, putting DKS in temporary awkward position, but the padyatra was no doubt successful in raising congress and DKS profile. Keep up the good work

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    If Padayathras were raising profiles and winning elections, CPIM would have been ruling INdia by now, They have a Yaatra every week.

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  • Mohan, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Dargayaaa baaande 🤣🤣🤣

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