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Monday, January 11, 2010
BJP threatens to intensify protests across Karnataka VIDEO
Wide spread protests all over the state by BJP activists erupted on Monday against former prime minister HD Deve Gowda’s abuses against chief minister BS Yeddyurappa.
Gowda’s effigies were burnt as BJP leaders demanded that he tender a written apology to the CM, and retire from politics to atone for his shameful outburst.
BJP MLAs in Bangalore, led by Jayanagar MLA MN Vijayakumar, staged a protest at Basaveshwara Circle, while protests in Mysore, near the court complex, turned violent when an advocate objected to it. The BJP activists attacked him and the police had to intervene to rescue the victim.
In Gowda’s backyard of Hassan district, tension prevailed in Arasikere town when JD(S) activists staged a counter protest against the BJP dharna. The situation threatened to turn into a group clash when a miscreant threw a slipper at BJP protesters.
Police immediately swung into action and dispersed the mob.
Protest marches and dharnas were held in Belgaum, Dharwad, Shimoga, Gulbarga and other districts. BJP legislator Prabhakar Kore, condemning Gowda’s diatribe against the CM, said, “Gowdashould be admitted to a mental hospital and banished from politics.”
Labour minister BN Bache Gowda was harsher in his attack against Gowda: “Gowda has lost his mental balance. He should take political sanyas. In the history of the state, no politician has used such derogatory words against a responsible CM. The statewide agitation against him will be intensified.”
HDK threatens to launch retaliatory stir
As the BJP in Karnataka continued its protests against Gowda, JD(S) state president HD Kumaraswamy threatened to launch a counter agitation against BJP if the protests were not stopped by Tuesday.
Concerned over the protests across the state by BJP, which continued for the second day on Monday, Gowda’s son Kumaraswamy asked the ruling outfit to end the stir against his father or face counter protests by his party. However he disapproved the language his father used against Yeddyurappa on Sunday. “My father has already expressed regrets for it and the party too did so. The issue should end there,” he added.