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Karnataka Government Bans Congress’ Mekedatu Padyatra For Flouting Covid Norms

On Wednesday morning, Shivakumar and 63 other Congressmen were booked in Ramanagara for violating Covid-19 norms during the party’s Mekedatu padayatra.

Karnataka Government Bans INC Karnataka's Mekedatu Padyatra For Flouting Covid Norms
Earlier on Sunday, the first FIR was registered against 30 people for violating Covid-19 norms in the 'Padayatra'. (Photo:File)

New Delhi: The Karnataka government on Wednesday evening banned Congress’ Mekedatu padyatra and warned of serious action against its leaders under National Disaster Management Act (NDMA) for violating Covid-19 norms. Along with the ban order, the state government also ordered the police to stop all vehicles taking part in the padyatra.

At least four Congress workers have tested positive while attending the Mekedatu padyatra which is led by Karnataka Congress unit president DK Shivakumar.

Shivakumar himself is in troubled waters as three FIRs have been filed against him on allegations of flouting Covid-19 norms since he launched the 11-day padayatra seeking early implementation of the Mekedatu drinking water project on Sunday (January 9, 2022).

On Wednesday morning, Shivakumar and 63 other Congress leaders were booked in Ramanagara for violating Covid-19 norms during the party’s Mekedatu padyatra.

On January 11, the second case was filed against Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar for violating Covid-19 norms during his Mekedatu padyatra.

“Around 41 persons including Shivakumar and MP DK Suresh have been named in an FIR that has been filed Sathanur police station of Ramanagara district on Monday for violating Covid-19 norms,” said a police officer.

Earlier on Sunday, the first FIR was registered against 30 people for violating Covid-19 norms in the padyatra.

The Congress in Karnataka on Sunday began its 11-day long padyatra, despite the government’s Covid-19 restrictions, demanding implementation of the Mekedatu project across the Cauvery river.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai slammed Shivakumar, who reportedly refused to take a Covid test after the padyatra.

“Additional District Commissioner who came to test me last night has tested Covid-19 positive. He was sent to make sure that I get infected and test positive. The Government wants to make me a primary contact of the Covid positive person and that is why the official had been sent,” alleged Shivakumar on Monday.

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Further alleging mishandling of Covid-19 testing data, the Congress leader demanded a judicial enquiry on Covid-19 numbers.”I have around dozen of doctors in my family, many kids in my family are studying medicine. I know how they are testing people who are coming from abroad in airports. It’s all BJP positive, BJP Covid, BJP omicron. I demand a judicial enquiry on these Covid-19 numbers,” he said.

The Karnataka government has imposed a curfew on weekends and restricted public gatherings to fight the third wave of Covid-19, till January 19. It has also imposed a night curfew and has prohibited all rallies, dharnas, protests, among others.

The Mekedatu balancing reservoir-cum drinking water project, to be constructed across the Cauvery river basin, has been at the centre of controversy between the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Earlier too on July 12, 2021, Bommai had said that the Centre will have to give clearance to the project as per law and there is no reason the state government will stop the project.

(With Inputs From ANI)

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