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‘Behaviour of Congressmen disgusting'

Staff Correspondent


‘Being in the Opposition, you can't dictate terms to the ruling party'


DAVANGERE: Congress leaders, who are on ‘Bangalore to Bellary padayatra' demanding the Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the alleged illegal mining in the State, are behaving like “buffoons” and the people are dejected by this, said Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa here on Monday.

The Chief Minister said their behaviour on the road during the padayatra was cheap and disgusting.

Mr. Yeddyurappa told presspersons that he too had undertaken many such padayatras when he was in the Opposition. He had never crossed his limits.

He had approached Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a few days ago urging him to ban the export of iron ore.

Reflection

This was proof enough to show that his Government was opposed to illegal mining. He said he had called upon all the parties to join the delegation to the Prime Minister. But the Congress leaders did not join the delegation.

Instead of participating in a healthy discussion in the legislature session, the Congress blocked the proceedings. “Being in the Opposition, you cannot dictate terms to the ruling party and you cannot expect the ruling party to dance to your tunes,” he said.

The Chief Minister said he had made it clear that the Bharatiya Janata Party Government would not allow even one tonne of iron ore to be exported from the State through any port in the country and he advocated a national policy on mining.

Mr. Yeddyurappa suspected that the Congress leaders wanted to disturb the law and order situation during their padayatra.

He had asked the police officers to behave judiciously without giving room for any trouble.

BJP workers to be calm

He had instructed the officers to videograph the padayatra and he had instructed the ruling party workers and activists to stay calm even if the Congress leaders provoked them.

The Chief Minister made it clear that there was no need for the BJP to have any alliance with the Janata Dal (Secular).

Asked about the need for the BJP to hold four conventions across the State, he said the party wanted to tell people about the motive behind the padayatra of the Congress.

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