Bengaluru, Sep 11: The people belonging to Vokkaliga community, supported by Congress and Janata Dal(S) parties, today took out a massive protest march in the city,against the arrest of former Karnataka Minister D K Shivakumar by the Enforcement Directorate, terming it as a ''political vendetta'' by the ruling BJP government at the Centre, using the central agencies against the opposition parties.
Hundreds of protesters from Bengaluru Rural, Ramanagara, Mandya districts, assembled at National College grounds and raised slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah, alleging that the country was facing a ‘fascist rule’, and the majority government was misusing the central agencies like ED and the CBI besides others to settle scores against the adversaries.
The protest resulted in major traffic roadblock in parts of the city even as over 5000 policemen and officials struggled to keep the traffic moving. But there was major traffic jams in areas in busy Jayanagar, K R Market, Corporation office area leading to the Freedom Park where the protesters assembled. But on a busy day the traffic was diverted from these busy areas and thousands of vehicles were seen lined up in the heart of the city.
Meanwhile, some Members of the Vokkaliga Sangha were heading towards Raj Bhavan in protest against arrest of Congress leader but they were stopped midway by the police.
In its message Vokkaligara Sangha members warned the Prime Minister and BJP President Amit Shah duo of severe retaliation, if the central agencies continued to target ‘’Vokkaliga community and its leaders’’.
The major protest comes in the wake of Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar, on money laundering issue and disproportionate assets owned by him.
Shivakumar was arrested last month and remanded to the ED custody till September 13. His Daughter Aishwarya is also summoned by the ED to appear before the officials on September 12. She has already left for Delhi.
During the protest, Congress MLAs Krishna Byregowda, Sowmya Reddy, Dinesh Gundu Rao, former MLAs Chaluvaraya Swamy, Narendra Swamy, Balakrishna, former MP VS Ugrappa and several other leaders address protestors at National College Ground.
Yesterday, D K Shivakumar requested his supporters to conduct peaceful protest and not to cause any inconvenience to the public, in a tweet. He asked protesters to ensure public property is not damaged. (UNI)