Bengaluru, Jan. 13: Govt constantly tried to persuade Congress to stop padayatra. Govt handled this situation in a very matured manner without use of force like lathicharge or arrest. Padayatra has indeed led to surge in cases and Congress is responsible for this, said Health and Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar.
Speaking to the media at Vikasa Soudha Dr.Sudhakar appreciated Congress for calling off padayatra in the interest of health and safety of citizens. Several thousands of innocent people participated in the padayatra, we are yet to see how it has spread covid. Govt did not stop padayatra by brute force but we tried to convince them that this is not appropriate time to hold padayatra amid third wave. The irresponsible statements made by KPCC president DK Shivakumar is very unbecoming and has hurt the morale of covid warriors from IAS officers to a front line worker.
CM BS Bommai has very deep understanding and knowledge of irrigation issues and he is very well aware of what needs to be done to benefit the state. Opposition should join hands with govt in such inter-state water issues. UP Congress has cancelled all political rallies despite elections. Karnataka Congress should also have postponed Padayatra similarly.
Govt has lodged FIR and issued notices to all those who have violated covid norms. CM has managed the situation very sensitively without giving room for any violence. Mekedatu is an interstate issue and Tamilnadu has approached SC. Ruling DMK is an UPA alliance partner and if Congress high command is really concerned about Karnataka it could have discussed with Tamilnadu CM to withdraw the case, said Dr.Sudhakar.