G.A. Bawa, general secretary, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), said on Thursday that the Election Commission (EC) should take
action against the indefinite dharna (since withdrawn) outside the Deputy Commissioner’s Office here on the sand issue as it was aimed at influencing the voters of Byndoor Assembly segment in the Shivamogga parliamentary constituency.
Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Bawa said that voting in the by-poll for Shivamogga parliamentary constituency was scheduled to be held on November 3. The indefinite dharna was going on for a week now just outside the Deputy Commissioner’s Office. It was clear that the protest, which was led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was aimed at exploiting the sand problem to influence the voters in the Byndoor Assembly segment in Udupi district, he said. The protest over the sand issue was nothing more than a political stunt. The BJP knew that the problems with regard to the sand issue had more to do with regulations of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. But it did not want the crisis to be resolved with an eye on political gains in Byndoor Assembly segment, he said.
Asked why the Congress or other political parties were not filing complaints in this regard with the Election Commission, Mr. Bawa said that the protest was taking right outside the Deputy Commissioner’s Office. It was for the officers of the district administration to act on it, he said.
To a query, Mr. Bawa said that Minister for Women and Child Welfare and district in-charge Minister Jaimala and S.L. Bhoje Gowda, MLC, had met the protestors and urged them to withdraw their protest in a bid to resolve the problem. Even Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy had explained the measures taken to resolve the problem, he said.
Udyavar Nagesh, B. Narasimhamurthy, Kishan Hegde Kolkebail, Congress leaders, were present.
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