Congress party’s ambitious and vociferous Mekedatu padayatra, the 11-day ‘Namma Neeru Namma Hakku’, seeking early implementation of the drinking water project, has been temporarily stalled at Ramanagar following the direction from the High Court of Karnataka.
Addressing the media at Ramanagar Congress office, opposition party leader Siddaramaiah said that the padayatra which was to culminate at the National College Grounds at Basavanagudi on January 19 has been called off temporarily, keeping the Covid-19 situation in mind.
However, he said, it is not the end of the padayatra but temporary halting. Once the Covid-19 situation stabilizes and curbs are lifted by the government, the padayatra continues from Ramanagar itself, he assured.
High Court on Wednesday came down heavily against state government for allowing the padayatra and has sought an explanation for the same. Further, KPCC President DK Shivakhmar was keen oncontinuing the yatra even on fifth day. But, Karnataka Congress leaders were adviced by the Congress high command to take a decision on the padayatra, without embarrassing the party. Hence, pafayatra has been called off.
Citing the recent spike in the Covid cases across the city, BBMP Executive Engineer (South zone) on Wednesday through a letter to D K Shivakumar intimated that the permission has been cancelled.