Shivakumar, Siddaramaiah and other Karnataka Congress leaders flay BJP govt for price spiral
To highlight the rising prices of fuel and other essentials, the opposition Congress led by KPCC chief DK Shivakumar and former CM Siddaramaiah tried to enter Vidhana Soudha on bullock carts on Monday, the first day of the monsoon session of the state legislature.
Shivakumar began his bullock-cart journey from his residence in Sadashiva Nagar, while Siddaramiah joined in from his Kumara Park residence. Others who took part in the novel protest included MLC SR Patil, KPCC Working Presidents Eshwar Khandre and Ramalinga Reddy, and hundreds of party workers.
Speaking to reporters, Shivakumar said ordinary people have been severely hit by the anti-people policies of the BJP government, which was ‘constantly’ raising the prices of essential commodities. “The BJP government is pick-pocketing the people. During these troubled Covid-19 times, the BJP both at the Centre and in the state needs to be solving people’s issues. Instead, they are pouring salt on existing wounds by increasing the prices of essential commodities,” the state Congress chief said.
“This government has no eyes or ears and is insensitive to people’s problems,” he said, adding that the state Congress would protest both inside and outside the assembly.
Cops’ action condemned
Congress leaders also ‘condemned’ the city police for stopping the bullock-cart procession from entering Vidhana Soudha. Among those who spoke against the police restriction were KPCC Working President Eshwar Khandre, MLA of Gadag HK Patil, MLA of Chittapur Priyank Kharge, MLA of Khanapur Dr Anjali Nimbalkar and MLA of Jewargi Ajay Dharam Singh.
ಕೇಂದ್ರ @BJP4India ಸರಕಾರದ ನಿರಂತರ ಇಂಧನ ಹಾಗೂ ದಿನಬಳಕೆ ವಸ್ತುಗಳ ಬೆಲೆ ಏರಿಕೆ ಖಂಡಿಸಿ ಕೆಪಿಸಿಸಿ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ @DKShivakumar ಹಾಗೂ ವಿಧಾನಸಭೆ ವಿರೋಧ ನಾಯಕ @siddaramaiah ಅವರು ಕ್ರಮವಾಗಿ ಸದಾಶಿವನಗರ ಹಾಗೂ ಕುಮಾರಪಾರ್ಕ್ ನಿವಾಸದಿಂದ ವಿಧಾನಸೌಧದವರೆಗೆ ಎತ್ತಿನಗಾಡಿ ಮೂಲಕ ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನಾ ಮೆರವಣಿಗೆ ನಡೆಸಿದರು. pic.twitter.com/dKMvmq6eQh— Karnataka Congress (@INCKarnataka) September 13, 2021
Condeming the police action, CLP leader Siddaramiah said, “There is no law to stop us from entering Vidhana Soudha on a bullock cart.” Later, the Congress leaders entered the building on a bullock cart.
Addressing reporters near the statue of Kengal Hanumanthiah in Vidhana Soudha, senior Congress leaders raised slogans against the government.