BJP launches ‘Save Bengaluru’ march, targets Siddaramaiah govt

Bengaluru: As many as 15 charges against the state government were highlighted by BJP leaders as they set out on a fortnight-long ‘Save Bengaluru’ march across 28 Assembly constituencies in the tech hub on Friday. 

The charges include the recent episode involving legislator N.A. Haris’ son, Mohammed Nalapad Haris, in the assault on Vidwath, and that involving local Congress leader Narayanaswamy who threatened to set fire to a BBMP office, increasing attack on women, and failure to maintain peace and order. 

Interestingly, the leaders commenced the march from a place close to a restaurant where the assault on Vidwath occurred and walked down to Brigade Road, part of Shantinagar Assembly constituency represented by Mr Haris. 

Union human resources development minister Prakash Javadekar, Union parliamentary affairs minister H.N. Ananth Kumar, Union minister for statistics and programme implementation, D.V. Sadananda Gowda, and Bengaluru city leaders R. Ashok, Suresh Kumar and large number of party workers participated in the march, holding up placards which highlighted alleged failures of the state government to provide better Bengaluru, and how the ruling party had failed to keep its promise of providing better infrastructure. The leaders sought details of expenditure of various projects which were implemented with the help of funds released by the Centre during the last five years.  During an interaction with the media, the leaders slammed CM Siddaramaiah for failing to ensure safety of citizens of Bengaluru and appealed to voters not to vote for Congress candidates in the elections to the Legislative Assembly.  Mr. Javadekar said Bengaluru, known for several sobriquets like IT city, garden city and a hub for investors, had turned into a city dubious for incidents of crime and heaps of garbage, forcing investors to move to other states. 

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