Sunday, July 25, 2010
Congress goes all out with Bellary Chalo rally
Around 2000 Congress leaders embarked on their rally Bellary Chalo on Sunday from the press club at Bangalore on Sunday. The rally is being taken out by the Congress in order to demand a CBI probe into the illegal mining scam that had rocked the Karnataka legislative assembly for over a week.
The rally will last 15 days and will end at Bellary where a massive public gathering will be held. They would cover 20 kilometres everyday and the rally will pass through several parts of the state.
Leader of the opposition and Congress member, Siddaramaiah who met with Governor H R Bharadwaj told reporters at the start of the rally that this was not targetted at one individual. It aimed at highlighting the failure of the BJP government in Karnataka. It was also to put pressure to initiate a CBI probe into the mining scam he said.
Barely an hour after the rally commenced a 60 year old Congress leader fainted near the Indian Institutte of Science in Bangalore. He was brogutht to the hospital declared dead.
Meanwhile the BJP government has decided to take out another rally starting August 2nd. The BJP says that their rally would highlight their achievements and also expose the anti people stance that the opposition in the state is taking. They would hold public meetings in Davangere, Mysore and Bellary also.
The rally planned by Janardhan Reddy next month has however been cancelled. Sources told redif.com thst the BJP high command did not approve of two rallies by the same party. Moreover the Reddy brothers did not manage to get enough support from their own party members for this rally since they did not want a divisioin in the party and emergence of two power houses.