BJP organises statewide picketing against Centre

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Bangalore, Jun 23 (UNI) The ruling BJP in Karnataka today held a statewide picketing to protest the alleged Centre's 'inaction' in providing sufficient quantity of chemical fertilisers 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 fertiliser stocks 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 fertilisers and seeds had created unrest in the state with farmers taking to the streets to protest the 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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