Senior Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and D K Shivakumar were detained along with scores of others when they attempted to proceed to Raj Bhavan to lay siege to it on Wednesday protesting the contentious farm laws of the Centre.
Several congress workers and farmers from across the state descended on the city following a call given the state unit of the national party to lay siege to Raj Bhavan in protest against the new agri laws and condemn the hike in fuel prices.
Raising slogans, holding the party flag, banners and posters, the protesters took out a march from Freedom Park to the Governor’s official residence, but were stopped on the way by police.
ರೈತರ ಪರ ಬೀದಿಗಿಳಿದಿದ್ದಕ್ಕೆ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ರೈತ ವಿರೋಧಿ ಬಿಎಸ್ವೈ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಇಂದು ನನ್ನನ್ನೂ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ನಾಯಕರಾದ ಕೆಪಿಸಿಸಿ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರಾದ ಶ್ರೀ @DKShivakumar, ವಿಧಾನಸಭೆ ವಿರೋಧ ಪಕ್ಷದ ನಾಯಕರಾದ ಶ್ರೀ @siddaramaiah, ಶ್ರೀ @kharge, ಶ್ರೀ @DrParameshwara ಪೊಲೀಸ್ ಶಕ್ತಿಯನ್ನ ಬಳಸಿ ಬಂಧಿಸಿ ನಂತರ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಮಾಡಿದೆ. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/b7CEr7vTJ6— S R Patil (@srpatilbagalkot) January 20, 2021
Speaking to reporters from inside a police vehicle in which he was taken away from the protest site, Siddaramaiah said, “The Yediyurappa government and the police are trying to disrupt the peaceful protests, which I strongly condemn.” He hit out at the BJP saying the saffron party never had faith in the democratic setup.
Elaborate security arrangements were made in view of the anti-farmers law protests and roads barricaded. Commuters faced a harrowing time due to traffic snarls caused by agitations at various places.
Earlier in the day, Congress state chief D K Shivakumar accused the state government of stopping the protesters from reaching the state capital.
ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಅನ್ನದಾತರಿಗೆ ಅನ್ಯಾಯ ಆದಾಗಲೆಲ್ಲ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ಪಕ್ಷ ರೈತರ ಪರವಾಗಿ ನಿಂತಿದೆ.— D K Shivakumar, President, KPCC (@KPCCPresident) January 20, 2021
ಮಹಾತ್ಮಾ ಗಾಂಧಿ ಅವರು ರೈತ ಚಳವಳಿ ಮೂಲಕವೇ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ ಹೋರಾಟದ ಇತಿಹಾಸವಾದರು. ಈ ಆಂದೋಲನದ ಸ್ಮರಣೆಯೇ ನಮಗೆ ಸ್ಪೂರ್ತಿ.
ದೇಶದ ಅನ್ನದಾತರಿಗಾದ ಅನ್ಯಾಯದ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಅಂತದ್ದೇ ಐತಿಹಾಸಿಕ ಹೋರಾಟ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿದೆ.
– @DKShivakumar #RajBhavanChalo pic.twitter.com/6iQtlumYfe
“I have been receiving calls saying the police have been stopping farmers and Congress workers since last night,” Shivakumar alleged in a video message.
He appealed to those who were prevented from proceeding to the city, to hold protest by blocking the highways. “Reach the Bengaluru Railway station and we all shall go and lay siege to the Raj Bhavan,” he added.
ರಾಜಭವನ ಚಲೋ ನಂತರ ಕೆಪಿಸಿಸಿ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ @DKShivakumar, ವಿಪಕ್ಷ ನಾಯಕ @siddaramaiah, CWC ಸದಸ್ಯ @kharge, ಮಾಜಿ ಡಿಸಿಎಂ @DrParameshwara, ಮಾಜಿ ಸಚಿವ @HKPatil1953 ಅವರು ರಾಜ್ಯಪಾಲರನ್ನು ಭೇಟಿ ಮಾಡಿ ಅವರ ಮೂಲಕ ರೈತವಿರೋಧಿ ಕರಾಳ ಕಾಯ್ದೆಗಳನ್ನು ಹಿಂಪಡೆಯಲು ಆಗ್ರಹಿಸಿ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಪತಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಮನವಿ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದರು.#RajBhavanChalo pic.twitter.com/Uvg2G2PWFM— D K Shivakumar, President, KPCC (@KPCCPresident) January 20, 2021
Meanwhile, the BJP ridiculed the protests and alleged that the Congress, which had been responsible for the farmers” suicide throughout its regime, was staging a drama by opposing the pro-farmer laws introduced by the Centre. “Farmer suicides would not have escalated if you had been pro-farmer, isnt it?” the saffron party asked in a tweet. PTI