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Raising their voices: Congress workers led by Krishna Byre Gowda, State Youth Congress president and MLA, and Shamanur Shivashankarappa, MLA, staging a protest in Davangere on Wednesday.
Raising their voices: Congress workers led by Krishna Byre Gowda, State Youth Congress president and MLA, and Shamanur Shivashankarappa, MLA, staging a protest in Davangere on Wednesday.

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Krishna Byre Gowda urges Government to make inquiry into illegal mining transparent

Krishna Byre Gowda promises to pressure Chief Minister to drop land acquisition proposal

Government criticised for resorting to violence against farmers protesting against genuine cause

DAVANGERE: Krishna Byre Gowda, MLA and president of the State Youth Congress, criticised the Reddy brothers for continuing to be Ministers even after a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe had been ordered into illegal mining. “If they had an iota of morality, they would have resigned by this time,” he said and noted that the Chief Minister and leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders had not even asked them to tender their resignations.

Talking to presspersons here on Wednesday, Mr. Gowda alleged that the Reddy brothers had become so rich that they could afford to keep a Government under their control.

To a question, he said that the Congress had never aspired for power.

He said that when the coalition government formed by the Janata Dal (Secular) and the BJP had collapsed about two and a half years ago, the Congress had an opportunity to form a Government with the JD(S). Instead, the party had opted for elections, he said.

Although, JD(S) leaders had been trying to oust the BJP Government and form a new government with the Congress as an ally, Mr. Gowda said that the chances of the Congress opting for such a move were remote.

He also demanded a detailed CBI inquiry into the illegal mining issue and urged the Government to make it transparent.

Protest march

Addressing Congress party workers and farmers after leading a protest march against the proposal to acquire fertile lands in Karur and Bathi for the proposed housing project, Mr. Gowda condemned the violence against farmers in various incidents across the State. Police action on farmers agitating for a genuine cause harkened back to the days of the British, he said.

Mr. Gowda also alleged that administration had come to a standstill in the State owing to the alleged bickering within the BJP, adding that those who were at the helm of affairs were more concerned about retaining power rather than rehabilitating the people of north Karnataka who had lost much in the recent floods.

Shamanur Shivashankarappa, MLA, said the people across the State had been adversely affected by the erratic supply of power, adding that students and traders had been the worst affected by the power situation.

He said that not only had the BJP failed to generate the requisite quantum of power, it did not even have the diplomatic culture to approach the neighbouring States for power supply.

Earlier, Mr. Gowda went to the Davangere Urban Development Authority and met the agitating farmers there and expressed his support for their cause.

He also promised that he would discuss the matter with the Chief Minister and pressure him to persuade the DUDA to drop the proposal.

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