Dissident BJP MLAs criticised

Staff Correspondent

‘BJP ushering in bad culture’

Sangha to stage protest on Monday

Medha Patkar to participate in rally

Bellary: Kodihalli Chandrashekar, working president of the Karnataka Rajya Raita Sangha came down heavily on the BJP for ushering in a “bad culture” in the State.

“When flood-affected people in north Karnataka were in need of help, the people at the helm of affairs were fighting for power instead of trying to wipe the tears of the victims of floods and provide them relief and rehabilitation. Such bad culture was introduced by the BJP,” he said while talking to presspersons here on Sunday.

Mr. Chandrashekar termed the stand adopted by the Reddy brothers demanding change in the leadership and taking away the MLAs to Hyderabad as “dangerous”. According to him, the Reddy brothers were apprehensive that the imposition of toll on ore transporting lorries would expose their activities pertaining to illegal mining. “The Reddy brothers had other ways and means to ensure that the toll was not imposed. Instead, they chose to oppose it in the guise of demanding change in the leadership. This only indicates that they were keen to continue illegal mining unhindered. Secondly, their demand for change in the leadership was not correct in the absence of valid reasons in support of it,” he said.

Mr. Chandrashekar said that the sangha would stage a protest against dissident MLAs who had left their constituencies leaving the flood-affected people in the lurch. An agitation would be staged in Raichur on Monday and a call would be given to the sangha units to organise a similar agitation in their respective places.

He appealed to the farmers to participate in the protest rally to be held on November 10 at Chaganur village in which Medha Patkar will participate in the protest against the Government’s move to acquire fertile irrigated lands for construction of Bellary airport.

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