KARNATAKA

JD(S) workers protest ‘maladministration’

Staff Correspondent

DAVANGERE: Janata Dal (S) workers led by H.S. Shivashankar and N.G. Puttaswamy took out a procession here on Saturday protesting against the ‘maladministration’ by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The workers raised slogans against the BJP Government and against Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa all through the procession. They demanded that the Chief Minister step down as he had “failed” to provide basic requirements such as power to the people, particularly farmers. The administration had come to a standstill, the agitators said, adding that the morale of government officers was at an all-time low as mass transfers were being carried out. The party workers submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner in which they said people were disillusioned with the way the BJP Government had been ruling the State and said the Chief Minister had no moral right to continue in office. They said the crime rate in all districts had shot up as power supplying companies had resorted to frequent disruptions that too during evenings. They blamed the BJP for “buying” legislators which had resulted in the byelections. The party workers called upon the voters to teach such leaders a lesson and “restore democracy.” The JD(S) workers in Harihar and Chennagiri also staged dharnas in front of the taluk offices.