BJP organise statewide picketing against Centre

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Bangalore, Jun 23 (UNI) Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka today held a statewide picketing in protest against the alleged Centre's 'inaction' in providing sufficient quantity of chemical fertilizers to Karnataka.

Party functioneries held protest marches and picketing in a number of cities and towns and demanded the UPA government to immediately arrange despatch of fertilizer stock as promised by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Minister for Fertilizer Ram Vilas Paswan when chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa met them in Delhi recently.

Police arrested 28 BJP activists in Madikeri and released them later. Demonstrations were also held in the city, in Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli-Dharwad and many other places.

Short supply of fertilizers and seeds had created unrest in the state with farmers taking to the streets in protest against shortage. The situation turned violent last week with police resorting to firing in Haveri town killing a farmer.

However, no untoward incident reported from any part of the State, according to police sources.

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