Congress padayatra is a street show: Ashok

The Bharatiya Janata Party would quell the challenge of the Congress, which has taken out a padayatra to Bellary, and expose its “true colours” to the people of the State, Transport Minister R. Ashok asserted here on Thursday.

He was addressing party workers and urging them to take part in the Mysore convention on August 12. The convention would “apprise people of the follies of the Congress” and the successful functioning of the BJP administration in the State for the past two years, the Minister said.

Instead of attending to peoples' difficulties, the Opposition Congress had embarked on a “street play”, he remarked.

He compared the State Congress to a “rudderless boat”. The party had ruled the country for nearly six decades and was unable to sit in the Opposition now, Mr. Ashok charged.

He ridiculed Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee working president D.K. Shivakumar's comparison of the padayatra to the one undertaken by Mahatma Gandhi. Tens of thousands of people joined the Mahatma's padayatra for the cause of the nation, unlike for the “street show” taken out by the Congress leaders with their merriment and “imported shoes”.


The Minister compared the Congress demand to hand over the mining case to the CBI to party leader Mallikarjun Kharge's stand in the Telgi case. Mr. Kharge had then said that the Abdul Karim Lala Telgi case need not be referred to the CBI as the agency was a puppet in the hands of the Centre.

In the case of illegal mining, it was the Centre that was soft-pedalling the issue to protect party leaders involved.

The Minister came down upon the UPA Government for targeting the BJP Government in Gujarat, despite the action that resulted in the death of “anti-national” Sohrabuddin being carried out by the anti-terror squads of Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

‘Preparation for polls'

BJP State Executive Committee M.P. Sunil Subramani alleged that the Congressmen were out on a padayatra to secure “certificates” from Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The Mysore convention would help the BJP prepare for the forthcoming taluk panchayat and zilla panchayat polls, he said.

The former MLC S.G. Medappa, president of the Kodagu unit of the BJP M.M. Ravindra, general secretary of the Kodagu unit Kodi Ponnappa and BJP functionaries Ravi Kushalappa, P.D. Ponnappa, Anita and Subhashini were present.

  • BJP workers urged to take part in Mysore convention on August 12
  • ‘Centre is soft-pedalling mining issue to protect Congress leaders involved'

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