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Congress switches over to poll mode, Krishna kickstarts Padyatra

Posted on Jan 08, 11:49AM | UNI

As Assembly elections were due before May, the Congress in Karnataka today switched over to poll mode with a massive padyatra kickstarting from this iron ore rich region.

Former External Affairs Minister S M Krishna flagged off the padyatra attended by several senior leaders including party President G Parameshwar and Leader of the Opposition in state Assembly K Siddaramaiah.

The padyatra that would cover Koppal, Raichur and Bellary districts would highlight the irrigation projects and offer an assurance that the party, if returned to power, would spend huge amount in irrigation projects to enable an additional 2.5 million acres were brought under irrigation.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Siddarmaiah criticised the BJP Government for failing to provide adequate funds for irrigation projects.

The padyatra was the first of the four toues planned by the party over the next three months ahead of the elections.

The other three would be held in the coastal region, Hyderabad-karnataka area and the Bangalore-Mysore corridor highlighting various issues, including development, governance and misdeeds of the Ruling BJP, according to party sources.