Congress is firm to conduct Mekedatu Padayatra, Home Minister threatens to file case

D.K. Shivakumar challenged the Home Minister Araga Jnanendra to file a criminal case against Congress for conducting Mekedatu Padayatra.

Congress is firm to conduct Mekedatu Padayatra, Home Minister threatens to file case

Bengaluru: KPCC President D.K. Shivakumar reiterated that Congress will not cancel its scheduled ‘walk for water’ from January 9 to urge the state government to implement Mekedatu project.

Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, Mr. Shivakumar said that state government is blatantly violating the Covid norms, but it impose restrictions to common men and opposition parties to conduct programs.

During oath taking function of the newly elected members to the Legislative Council, government has not followed the Covid protocol, the KPCC President D.K. Shivakumar alleged.

For oath taking programs, legislators and MPs have arrived in large number and do not follow the Covid protocol. Government action has been widely criticized by the Opposition Congress.

Meanwhile, Mr. Shivakumar said that Congress will not cancel or reschedule its much hyped Padayatra from Mekedatu to Bengaluru to demand the government to implement the Mekedatu drinking water project to Bengaluru.

Mr. Shivakumar accused that government has allowed the oath taking ceremony by violating Covid norms, but it has decided to prevent the Mekedatu Padayatra of the Congress, he criticized and said that Padayatra will be held on scheduled, if government prevents, he and Opposition leader Siddaramaiah will walk for water.

Why government has organized the oath taking function at Assembly or Council instead of making it as big event in Banquet hall, Mr. Shivakumar questioned. He asked government to file a case against the participants who attended the program.

“Home Minister has threatened to file a criminal case against who violate the Covid guidelines. We will not budge the pressure and blackmail tactics of the government, let them file a case against us, we have ready to go to jail”, he said.

Meanwhile RDPR Minister K.S. Eshwarappa suggested the Congress leaders to cancel their Mekedatu Padayatra.