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BJP leaders take out `padayatra'

WALK FOR WATER: Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, led by the party's State unit president, Jagadish Shettar, taking out a `padayatra' from Hubli to Dharwad on Monday.

WALK FOR WATER: Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, led by the party's State unit president, Jagadish Shettar, taking out a `padayatra' from Hubli to Dharwad on Monday.  

Give 15 days time to authorities to improve water supply situation in Hubli-Dharwad

Staff Correspondent

HUBLI: Several leaders and activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party took out a "padayatra" on Monday to the house of Minister of Municipal Administration, S.R. Morey, in Dharwad, in protest against the failure of the State Government in improving the water supply situation in the twin cities and also in getting clearance for the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project.

The "padayatra," led by Jagadish Shettar, President of the BJP State unit, began from the Kittur Chennamma Circle at 9.30 a.m. and reached Mr. Morey's house at 3 p.m.

Mr. Shettar was accompanied by Members of Parliament Pralhad Joshi, Suresh Angadi, P.C Gaddigoudar, and MLA C.C. Patil, Dr. R.B. Shiriyannavar, Kalakappa Bandi; former MLA Ashok Katwe and others.

More join later

Although the gathering was less than hundred when the "padayatra" began, the number increased as it moved towards Dharwad.

On their way to Dharwad, Mr. Shettar and other leaders paid tributes to the statue of social reformer Basavanna at the Basava Vana.

BJP supporter joined that "padayatra" as it moved towards Dharwad.

At several places, local BJP leaders along with their supporters welcomed the protesters by garlanding them and women welcomed the leaders with the traditional "arati."

At a few places, there were music bands to welcome them. The protesters took rest for a while at Navanagar, between Hubli and Dharwad, where they were served refreshments.

The protesters took over five hours to cover a distance of 20 km between the twin cities and another four km to Mr. Morey's house. The protestors were joined by other BJP activists, who had come in tractors and vans from Hubli, at Mr. Morey's house.

Public meeting

Then the gathering transformed itself into a public meeting in which Mr. Shettar, Mr. Pralhad Joshi, Mr. C.C. Patil and others spoke.

Later they submitted a memorandum to Mr. Morey and urged that steps for getting Cabinet approval to the Rs. 176 crores project meant for streamlining the drinking water supply system in the twin cities should be taken within a fortnight.

Kalasa Banduri project

The protestors also demanded that steps be taken clear the hurdles in the implementation of Kalasa-Banduri Nala Project. The Minister informed the protesters that the Rs. 176 crores project has been sent to the Finance Committee for clearance and assured them that the project will be presented before the Cabinet in a fortnight.

Mr. Morey said that the Minister for Water Resources, Mallikharjuna Kharge, will lead a delegation to the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, in connection with the Kalasa-Banduri Nala Project at the earliest, he said

Shilpa, wife of Mr. Shettar, and Jyoti, wife of Mr. Pralhad Joshi, C.M. Nimbannavar, President, BJP Raita Morcha, State Unit and leaders Hanumant Dambal, Ranga Baddi, Lingaraj Patil, Datta Dorle took part in the "padayatra."

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