Special Correspondent

`State Government is adopting anti-farmer policies'

  • It criticises Government's approach to illegal mining issue
  • Dubs stand against family members of Shivakumar vindictive

    GULBARGA: The district unit of the Congress on Saturday staged a protest rally in the city against what they called "anti-poor" and "anti-farmer" policies of the State Government.

    Party workers led by District Congress Committee president Allamprabhu Patil, former Minister Qamarul Islam and Sedam MLA Sharanaprakash Patil took out a rally from Jagat Circle to the Deputy Commissioner's office and submitted a memorandum listing out their demands. Congress workers also staged a rasta roko for about 15 minutes in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office.

    Earlier, the Gulbarga Rural District Congress leaders submitted a separate memorandum to the Gulbarga tahsildar.

    In the memorandum addressed to Governor T.N. Chaturvedi and submitted to the Headquarters Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner Ravikiran Vanti, Mr. Patil and Mr. Islam demanded that the State Government end its selective approach in dealing with the illegal mining issue. They termed the booking of cases against family members of former Minister D.K. Shivakumar as vindictive. They said it was tactic to silence critics of former Prime Minister Deve Gowda and his family members.

    Congress leaders who addressed the party workers in the Deputy Commissioner's office complex wanted the Government to hasten the process remodelling of the drinking water distribution system in the city and ensure that all houses were provided tap connections immediately.

    Helmet rule

    They also wanted the Government to exempt Gulbarga also from the helmet rule, as in the case of Bellary. Among others who participated in the procession were KPCC observers Parasmal Sukhani and Shankar, former Member of the Backward Classes Commission Thippanna Kamakanur and block presidents.