Bangalore, Jul 25: The Karnataka Congress MLAs are now on a 320 km padyatra against illegal mining in Bellary and to highlight failure of the Yeddyurappa's government in Karnataka.
The Congress leaders will walk for 20 km every day, covering an average of 3 km per hour for 15 days.
After meeting the Governor H R Bhardwaj, Opposition leader Siddaramaiah said, "Its a walk to protect Karnataka. It is the duty of the government to maintain law and order, and this padyatra will pass through nine districts."
He said he had submitted the road map of the padayatra to the Governor seeking police protection.
However, in a bid to counter Opposition Congress padayatra, the ruling BJP announced holding of four rallies across the state from Aug 2.
"The BJP campaign would highlight 2 years of our government's achievements and Opposition's anti-people stance in contrast to the 15-day Congress padayatra to protect the state," BJP state unit president, K S Eswarappa told.
K S Eswarappa said BJP has chosen Davanagere, the central part of Karnataka for its first rally, to be followed by rallies at Gulbarga on Aug 5, Mysore on Aug 12 and the final one at Bellary, home district of the three Bellary Ministers, on Aug 20.