Bengaluru: Farmers protest rally concluded.
7:45 pm (IST): Even after DCM Laxman Savadi’s assurances the protesting farmers were not satisfied and they had decided to continue the rally against the government. However, late in the evening the farmers came to a decision to extend government 15 days time to fulfill their demands. With that resolution farmers concluded their protest rally against the state BJP government.
3:58 pm (IST): As his peace brokerage fails, DCM Laxman Savadi now leaves from the stage where farmers are protesting.
3:52 pm (IST): Former PM HD Devegowda says that both state and central BJP governments are doing injustice to the flood victims. He further said in the Freedom Park that while state government sent for a request of 38000 crore losses, the central government has only given 1200 crore. He said he will fight for the people even if he is old.
3:46 pm (IST): Farmers are not satisfied with DCM Savadi’s assurances. They have decided to continue the protest against the government.
3:11 pm (IST): DCM Laxman Savadi says government is committed to the welfare of the farmers and that flood relief amount of 5 lakhs for each family will reach equally in installments. He also said that government will bear the expenses of moving sugarcane from farms to factories.
2:16 pm (IST): A blind farmer from Raichur Basanagouda urges the government for compensation as his 13 acres crops were destroyed in floods recently.
1:49 pm (IST): JDS rally has reached the Freedom Park. Party leaders including ex-PM Devegowda and ex-CM Kumaraswamy may address an open gathering of farmers soon.
1:06 pm (IST): Kodihalli Chanrashekar requests the farmers to wait and sit with patience as JDS rally is now moving towards freedom park. They will move after some time to avoid any traffic situations.
1:05 pm (IST): JDS rally is now proceeding under the Anand Rao circle flyover. The farmers association protesters sit on the flyover waiting.
12:38 pm (IST): Farmers from Chikballapur protest against drop in Onion prices. They blame PM Modi for this as ban on onion export has resulted in price drop.
12:34 pm (IST): JDS rally is now at Mourya circle. Devegowda will soon garland the Gandhi statue to mark the protest march.
12:30 pm (IST): As JDS rally comes near Anand Rao circle, police allow the protest march to proceed under the flyover
12:23 pm (IST): JDS rally now passing through Dhanvantari road. Traffic police stop movement of vehicles from Malleshwaram to Majestic.
12:08 pm (IST): JDS chief HD Devegowda now in an open jeep leading the protest.
12:07 pm (IST): JDS rally starts from JP Bhavan. Ex-PM Devegowda, ex-CM Kumaraswamy and party leader Konareddy take part in the rally.
11:13 am (IST): Kodihalli Chandrashekar says, relief money has not yet reached the flood affected people and both the state & central governments must answer people. He also said Krishna river resrvoir must be heightened and Mahadaayi problem resolved.
10:56 am (IST): Ex-minister Venkatarao Nadagouda says state government has completely failed in flood relief to farmers and under Devegowda’s leadership they are protesting against such apathy.
10:02 am (IST): Protesters from Karnataka State Farmers Association stage half-naked protest and shout slogans against state BJP leaders.
9:47 am (IST): Home Minister Basavarj Bommai meets CM Yediyurappa to discuss on the measures to be taken to control the farmers agitation in the city.
9:44 am (IST): JDS Protest will start from JP Bhavan and former PM Devegowda will flag off the protest march by garlanding the Gandhi statue in Anand Rao circle.
9:42 am (IST): City police commissioner Bhaskar Rao meets CM BS Yediyurappa to apprise him of the farmers protest status and latest developments. City top cop also explains the CM on the security arranged by the police.
9:41 am (IST): Farmer leader Satyappa Mallapur says school children are sleeping in tents but state BJP government is not concerned about them.
9:38 am (IST): Thousands of farmers arriving in the city to participate in the farners protest against the state BJP government over delay in flood relief and loan waiver.
Former PM HD Devegowda leads JDS protest
In a rally organized by JDS, party supremo and former PM HD Devegowda will be leading a protest march against BS Yediyurappa government. JDS protest will start from Mourya Circle near Anand Rao Circle and reach freedom park through Sheshadri road and Kalidasa roads. Before reaching Mourya Circle, Devegowda will start from JP Bhavan and garland Gandhi statue in Anand Rao Circle. Nearly 5000 JDS workers are expected to take part in the rally today.
Farmer leader Kodihalli Chandra Shekar leads State Farmers’ Association protest
In another protest rally, farmer leader Kodihalli Chandrashekar will be leading the protest march called by Karnataka State Farmers Association. This protest will be held at the busy city central railway station. In a show of increasing anger against the delay in flood relief and farmers loan waiver, nearly ten thousand farmers are expected to participate in this protest. Reports suggest that farmers from North Karnataka and many other parts of the state have already reached Bengaluru.
Tight police security around Vidhana Soudha
In the wake of twin protests in the state capital today, city cops have increased the security in many places. Vidhana Soudha has become a fortress with police throwing a heavy security blanket around. City police commissioner Bhaskar Rao said elaborative security measures have been taken. Section 144 has also been imposed around Vidhana Soudha. The city top cop also said that 4 KSRP platoons and more than 200 civil policemen have been deployed at Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station.