WILL CONTINUE PADYATRA EVEN IF LOCKDOWN IS IMPOSED: KARNATAKA CONGRESS

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president DK Shivakumar Tuesday said even if the government imposes a lockdown, the Opposition party will take out the padayatra (political march) demanding implementation of Mekedatu project. The 10-day padayatra, scheduled to start from Mekedatu on January 9 morning, will culminate with a public meeting at Basavanagudi grounds.

“We have information that BJP is attempting to stall the march citing Covid. The government may forcefully impose a lockdown too to stop us. But we would rather go to jail than drop the march,” Shivakumar told media.

“I have been charged with violations of Covid-19 guidelines and have been served summons. Chief minister (CM) Basavaraj Bommai who violating restrictions and attended a wedding ceremony. What action has been initiated against him?” he asked.

He said the party will adhere to Covid appropriate behaviour during the rally. “The party has ordered one lakh masks. We have also been procuring sanitisers and a process is in place to sanitise all choultries and mutts along the route where we will be staying. Also, 100 doctors from the KPCC doctors’ cell and 10 mobile health check-up units will be deployed as well,” he said.

 

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