As Karnataka Congress leaders staged a protest against the Enforcement Directorate’s questioning of party leader Rahul Gandhi, Health Minister K. Sudhakar remarked that Congress will be held responsible if there was a spike in the number of Covid cases in the state.
Citing the Karnataka High court order on political or non-political protests, meeting, Sudhakar said that instead of gathering people and agitating on the roads, Congress should have held the protest at Freedom Park.
He said that he would hold a discussion with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to book Congress leaders for staging the protests in violation of Covid protocol
“If they want to protest, let them stage it in Freedom Park. This is not correct to gather people and stage protests on roads. “Today (Thursday) they are staging the Raj Bhavan chalo protest. A case will be booked for Covid protocol violation after discussing with CM Bommai,” Minister Sudhakar reiterated.
“The Kanpur IIT Technical Recommendation Committee, in their report on Covid scenario in Karnataka have predicted a spike in the number of Covid cases from the third week of June to October. The situation is being monitored closely and there is no cause for people to panic,” Sudhakar said.
Meanwhile, Congress State President D.K. Shivakumar reacting to Sudhakar’s statement said, “Let him first lodge cases on the BJP leaders who had violated Covid protocol.”
“Why have they not lodged a case on BJP programmes? The constitution has given the right to protest. This country attained Independence through protests. False cases are lodged against Rahul Gandhi. BJP is trying to threaten us and is carrying out politics of vengeance,” Shivakumar stated.
With IANS inputs