Karnataka Congress holds second padayatra in the state2 min read
This walkathon is the second ‘theme-based’ rally conducted by the KPCC in Karnataka. The first rally; a 140km march from Hospet to Kudalasangama was held from January 7-14 to create awareness about the Krishna Water Scheme.
The second padayathra, dubbed as the Congress Nadige – Samarasyada Kadige, was conducted to bridge the gap between the party and people. Over 15,000 people participated in the 90km walk, which commenced on January 29. The party went through Kottara, Suratkal, Mulki, Kaup; before reaching Malpe at approximately 4.30pm on Friday.
The rally, which ended with the valedictory function at Malpe Circular Bus Stand, was attended by various Congress leaders such as Dr. G. Parameshwara (KPCC President), Oscar Fernandez (former Union Minister), R. S. Patil (Leader of Opposition at the Legislative Council), M. C. Venugopal (State President of Other Backward Classes Department, KPCC) and Siddaramaiah (Leader of Opposition at the Karnataka State Legislative Assembly), along with the district level members of the KPCC.
“The primary aim of this rally is to bring together the people and the members of the party,” said K. Venkatasubba Raju, Secretary General of the OBC Department, KPCC. “I’m happy to say that we have received great participation from many people, from all sectors of the society,” he added. He also mentioned the anti-social elements within the community who threatened the safety and freedom of the youth and women. “The padayathra also aims to create awareness about the attacks on youngsters by Bajrang Dal,” he said.
“The name of the padayathra stresses on communal unity, and being together. That is the main aim of the walkathon,” said M. C. Venugopal.
The third phase of the walkathon will be from Mysore to Bangalore, and will be conducted later this month.
Sub-edited by Sabari Saran