Congress workers, led by member of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee D. Basavaraj and general secretary of the District Congress Committee Dinesh K. Shetty, staged a dharna in front of the city corporation office here on Thursday and criticised national president of the BJP Nitin Gadkari for comparing spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda with Dawood Ibrahim. Congress leaders Ayub Pilwan, S. Mallikarjun and Mahadevamma spoke. In Jagalur, Congress workers staged a protest on Wednesday against the statement of Mr. Gadkari.

President of the Jagalur taluk Youth Congress Bistuvalli Basavaraj Babu, in his address to party workers, took exception to the remarks of Mr. Gadkari against Swami Vivekananda.