“There is no coronavirus anywhere. Go to Sagar Hospital or Kanakapura Hospital, there are no cases anywhere. Just show me a case in ICU. Let’s move together and there has even been a death. KovidShivakumar told reporters in Ramnagar district.
He once again accused the government of increasing the COVID cases due to political reasons.
The party has made elaborate arrangements for the conduct of its programme.
Former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Siddaramaiah also reached Ramnagar for the programme.
“When there is no stay on the project by the National Green Tribunal, Supreme court Or the Cauvery River Authority, why didn’t they implement it? His government is at the centre. Why didn’t they take environment clearance?” Siddaramaiah wanted to know.
Meanwhile, State Irrigation Minister Govind Karjol met Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai at his residence and held detailed discussions.
Later, he told reporters that the government had no objection in taking out the march as everyone has the right to protest in a democracy.
Karjol said, “However, keeping in mind the situation there should be agitation. Let the Congress leader think how appropriate it is to organize the event at this time.”
According to him, this movement is nothing but ‘vote bank politics’ of the Congress, which is raising the issue keeping the elections in mind. Assembly elections are due in Karnataka next year.
Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar condemned the Congress’s decision to agitate.
“We are not against your protest. You can organize a march, a marathon run, or a horse race. You have already organized a bullock cart march, horse cart, cycle and tractor. You can go by train, bus, go marathon or trekking. These are good for your health but I suggest keep the situation in mind,” Sudhakar said.
State Home Minister Araga Gyanendra warned that Congress leaders would face action for violating the rule. Gyanendra said, “The rules are the same for everyone. Not that Congress, BJP and JD(S) have different rules. Police will take action.”
The minister advised the Congress leaders to look into the prevailing COVID situation before going ahead with their plan.
The Congress has been demanding the construction of a reservoir to meet the drinking water needs of Bengaluru and neighboring districts.
Neighboring Tamil Nadu is opposing the project, saying it would hurt the interests of the state, especially the farmers.