The Karnataka government has decided to file charges against state Congress leader DK Shivakumar and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for violating Covid protocols during their march demanding implementation of Mekedatu project.
Mekedatu balancing project is a multi-purpose project that will reportedly ensure drinking water to Bengaluru and neighbouring areas and will also generate 400 MW power. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 9,000 crore.
The police will reportedly file a First Information Report (FIR) against both the Congress leaders for violating Covid rules imposed amid rising infections in the state. The cases will be filed at Santhnur police station in Ramanagara district.
“We will file case against padayatra. No just them anyone who violates law, case will be filed. Law will take its course after case is registered. No matter who it is and how big the leader is,” Chief Minister Bommai said.
“Yes, I’ve received a notice. The BJP has sent the notice. It is not in accordance with rules and regulations. You should refer to the Supreme Court order on section 144. This is a political ploy,” Shivakumar said.
On January 9, the Karnataka Congress initiated its 10-day long march from Mekedatu to Bengaluru demanding construction of a balancing reservoir across the Cauvery river. The march is being led by president DK Shivakumar and Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah. The theme of the march is ‘Namma Neeru Namma Hakku’ (Our water, Our right).
The participants include hundreds of workers, leaders and cultural groups. The state administration had warned of action in case of Covid rule violation.