Members of the district Congress committee here staged a rasta roko on Tuesday demanding the dismissal of the Bharatiya Janata Party Government in the State.
They also demanded an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into what they called the undemocratic and unconstitutional activities of the BJP Government.
The activists blocked Station Road here and raised slogans against the Government.
Addressing the gathering, A. Vasanthkumar, president of the district unit of the Congress, criticised the “fascist” policies of the Government, led by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. Development activities had come to a standstill under the BJP, he claimed.
The recent Supreme Court order quashing the disqualification of 16 members from the Legislative Assembly by Speaker K.G. Bopaiah proved how the BJP used “invalid” reasons to retain power, he said. The Government had lost the support of the majority of the House and should be dismissed, he said.
Mr. Vasanthkumar welcomed the Governor's recommendation of President's rule in the State.
Later, the party workers took out a procession to the premises of the Deputy Commissioner's office, where they submitted a memorandum addressed to the Governor to the Deputy Commissioner.
The former MLA and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary N.S. Bose Raju, MLAs Raja Rayappa Naik and Hampaiah Naik, and office bearers of the district Congress committee were present.