K'taka: Bellary Chalo padayatra enters second day

Posted By: Mamatha
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Bangalore, Jul 26: The 'Bellary Chalo' padayatra by opposition congress in Karnataka against BJP illegal mining in Bellary, entered second day on Monday, Jul 26.

After breakfast at Harvard college, where the leaders stayed overnight, congress leader D Siddaramaiah led the yatra towards Nelamangala and Tumkur.

"Yeddyurappa holds the departments of Forest, Mines and Geology. Why has he not checked illegal mining and is now asking the Centre to do it?" Siddaramaiah said flaying the Chief Minister's demand at the NDC meeting seeking central intervention to ban export of iron ore.

Siddaramaiah said, "Yeddyurappa has been camping in Delhi to divert attention of people over the illegal mining issue, into which Congress is insisting on a CBI probe."

KPCC president R V Deshpande said, "this is not our final stir against the BJP government. It would begin from Aug 9, when the padayatra would be culminating at Bellary in a rally coinciding with the 'Quit India Movement' day."

The Congress MLAs started 320 km padyatra on Sunday, Jul 25, against illegal mining in Bellary and to highlight failure of the BJP government in Karnataka.

The Congress leaders will walk for 20 km every day, covering an average of 3 km per hour for 15 days.

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