news Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | July 7, 2014 | 6.24 pm IST Leader of the Opposition K S Eshwarappa taunted the ruling Congress government in the state over the law and order situation. Speaking in the Legislative Council on Monday, Eshwarappa took the government to task over the police firing in Bijapur district during a protest on Saturday. On Saturday a protest against the Kudgi Super Thermal Power Project turned violent. Protestors turned into an irate mob burning vehicles and damaging property. Police lathicharged the mob and also burst tear gas shells, and when that failed to disperse the mob, they fired shots in the air. Two people were injured by the firing and three others sustained injuries unrelated to the firing. Two police personnel were also injured. The word “gundu” in Kannada has two meanings. One meaning is a bullet. When used as “gundu hakuvudu”, it refers to drinking of alcohol. Playing, on this, Eshwarappa taunted the Congress on the law and order situation in the state.  Referring to the allegations against Congress MLA Vijayanand Kashappannavar, Eshwarappa said: “Rathri gundu haki police ge hoditare, hagalu police ru raitara mele gundu haktare” (In the night, people drink and beat the police, during the day the police fire bullets at farmers.”  The BJP leader also said that the state government must attempt to take the farmers into confidence and ensure that the project work is not hindered. The Kudgi Super Themal Power Project has been undertaken by the National Thermal Powe Corporation of India. The foundation stone was laid in June 2012. It is expected to generate 2400 MW of power. In March 2014 the National Green Tribunal had directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests to withhold environmental clearance for the project. In April, the Supreme Court stayed the NGT’s order. The matter is posted for hearing on August 5.

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