Siddaramaiah punctures BJP’s Mangaluru Chalo bike rally

Police foiled BJP’s attempts to take out the ‘Mangaluru Chalo’ bike rally defying prohibitory orders on Tuesday.

Published: 06th September 2017 08:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th September 2017 08:45 AM   |  A+A-

BJP leaders and party workers shout slogans against the state government after their bid to take out a bike rally from Freedom Park was thwarted by the police in Bengaluru on Tuesday | express

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Police foiled BJP’s attempts to take out the ‘Mangaluru Chalo’ bike rally defying prohibitory orders on Tuesday. Many senior leaders,  including former Deputy CM R Ashok, party MP Shobha  Karandlaje and BJP state Yuva Morcha president and MP Pratap Simha and hundreds of party workers were taken into custody as they tried to set out on the rally from Freedom Park. 

BJP leaders and workers were detained in other parts of the state too including Hubballi, Dharwad, Kolar,  Belagavi, Karwar,  Ballari and Nelamangala. While Home Minister  Ramalinga Reddy said about 800 BJP workers were detained  all over the state, BJP put the number at over 4,500 and the number of bikes stopped as  over 2,500, including 400 bikes and 500 workers in Bengaluru.

Hundreds of BJP workers on their bikes converged at the Freedom Park where the  rally was to be launched under Ashok’s leadership. High drama  unfolded as Ashok pushed the police cordon and started his  bike. Inspired by their leader, hundreds of party workers too tried to force their way ahead. Police had to forcibly remove Ashok  from his bike that led to heated arguments.  Ashok, Pratap  Simha, Shobha, Somanna and other leaders strongly resisted the police who tried to take them into custody. Ashok even staged a dhana by squatting on  the road.Police resorted to mild caning when BJP workers tried to  push back police personnel who tried to arrest the leaders. 

Even  as BJP leaders and  workers hit the road,  BJP State president B S Yeddyurappa stayed back at his Dollars  Colony residence. Yeddyurappa who monitored the rally and the ensuing  clashes with the police said he would go to Mangaluru directly on  September 7 to address the proposed rally demanding the resignation of  Forest minister Ramanath Rai, ban on PFI and KFD and NIA probe into the  killings of RSS and BJP workers in coastal region. 


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