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Cong questions when Amit Shah can hold political rallies, why deny ‘pratijna dina’

Anil Urs Bengaluru | Updated on June 10, 2020 Published on June 10, 2020

DK Shivakumar   -  K_MURALI_KUMAR

If the Union Home Minister Amit Shah can hold political rallies, why is Congress being denied permission to organise y its ‘pratijna dina’, demanded the Opposition party in Karnataka.

The function was to mark Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president-designate DK Shivakumar taking charge officially. It is to be a small function in Bengaluru with a few senior party leaders in attendance and be web-cast to over 7,800 locations to allow over 10 lakh party workers to take part.

When denied permission for the third time, the Congress party questioned the government’s motive while the BJP’s Central leadership was busy holding its political rallies in Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal.

Shivakumar had written a letter to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa seeking permission to take oath as State Congress president on June 14 at a simple function at the party office in Bengaluru.

When denied, Shivakumar reacted sharply and said “I have requested the government thrice. May 31 was the first date. Then June 7. Then June 14. I applied as per the norms. It was shocking. I was given a written reply that as per Covid-19 guidelines, they can’t allow us.”

“This is nothing but indulging in “vendetta politics”, he added.

Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah tweeted “I condemn the decision of the Karnataka government to deny the permission to conduct the oath taking ceremony of @INCKarnataka President @DKShivakumar. This is politically motivated & intended towards hurting the opposition.”

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Published on June 10, 2020
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