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TAKING TO THE STREETS:Congress members blocking the traffic at KPT Junction demanding the resignation of Chief MinisterB.S. Yeddyurappa in Mangalore on Tuesday.— PHOTO: R. ESWARRAJ
TAKING TO THE STREETS:Congress members blocking the traffic at KPT Junction demanding the resignation of Chief MinisterB.S. Yeddyurappa in Mangalore on Tuesday.— PHOTO: R. ESWARRAJ

The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress activists on Tuesday organised protests in line with the call given by the presidents of their respective State units.

The Bharatiya Janata Party's protest was led by Dakshina Kannada district unit president Padmanabha Kottari. It was held in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner.

The Congress activists, led by Dakshina Kannada District Congress Committee president B. Ramanath Rai, organised protests demanding imposition of President's rule, on Tuesday evening. The activists blocked the National Highway No. 66 near the Karnataka Polytechnic for nearly 30 minutes.

The former MLA Jayaram Shetty said if the Congress-led UPA Government would face the wrath of the people if it accepted the recommendation of Governor H.R. Bhardwaj for imposition of President's rule in the State.

Chairman of Coastal Development Authority B.Nagaraj Shetty said the Congress would be responsible for any violent actions that might occur if B.S. Yeddyurappa Government was dismissed.

The BJP activists had gathered under the sunny conditions around 11 a.m. While a few activists could be accommodated under the two tents, there were many who had to stand in the scorching sun. There was brisk distribution of drinking water as the BJP leaders addressed the gathering. The activists shouted slogans “Governor Hatao, BJP Bachavo”.

As far as the Congress agitation was concerned, Mr. Rai said the party would continue its protests in support of the Governor's recommendation for President's rule.

He said a series of road blockades would be organised across the district on Wednesday. The Centre should dismiss the B.S. Yeddyurappa Government and initiate a CBI investigation into the charges of corruption against Mr. Yeddyurappa and his other Cabinet colleagues, he said.

Mr. Rai, MLA U.T. Khader, and other activists squatted on the road and blocked movement of traffic from all sides at the junction. The police took away the activists in two vans.

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