Karnataka Congress' 'mega' Freedom March sends 'strong' message to BJP

Bengaluru, Aug 16 (IANS): Over one lakh people participated in the "mega" Freedom March organised by the Karnataka unit of the Congress party to celebrate 75 years of India's Independence here.

The 7-km-long march began here from Sangolli Rayanna Circle at 2 p.m. on Monday and culminated at National College Grounds in almost 4 hours.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President D.K. Shivakumar and Opposition leader Siddaramaiah put up a united show yet again in public, sending out a "strong" message to the ruling BJP.

Shivakumar insisted that the Congress party fought for the independence of a pluralistic, secular and sovereign India where every section of the society gets its due share.

"We feel proud while hoisting our Tricolor, the national flag. The Congress party leaders and our forefathers Dadabhai Narojii, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Sarojini Naidu, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Subhash Chandra Bose fought for an egalitarian India, a socialist country where every community gets its due. These freedom fighters would have never appreciated the divisions being created today in the name of religion," Shivakumar said.

"The BJP targets the Nehru-Gandhi family as the saffron party has no history of participation in the freedom struggle and they are jealous of the Congress and the Gandhi family because of their legacy," he asserted.

"We never forgot the struggle of Kittur Rani Chennamma and Surapur Nayaka Venkatappa Bahala," Shivakumar said asserting that the Congress party is working hard to ensure social justice in the country and that everyone stays informed about the Kannada freedom fighters.

He also said that it was B.R. Ambedkar who ensured that every Indian is treated equally while drafting the Constitution of India.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also said that the people must remember that India got freedom after a lot of bloodshed when thousands of people sacrificed their lives for the cause.

"We must remember our history, the sacrifices of our freedom fighters who laid down their lives so that their future generations could venture into a free country. We should never forget or disrespect them. Anyone discriminating against these freedom fighters is doing injustice which is not right," Siddaramaiah said.

Popular singer Hariharan participated in the cultural event that was held at the National College ground where the Freedom March got concluded.

Kannadigas from all over the state participated in the march in huge numbers. More than 1 lakh people had registered themselves online for participating in the Congress party's event.

Adopting a sensitive approach while organising the event, the Congress party had bought 30,000 bulk metro tickets to provide free commuting to the participants "so that there would be no traffic congestion in the capital city because of the event".

People from all walks of life including women, children, and senior citizens participated in the march showing their solidarity with the cause and cherishing the hard-earned Independence the country got after a lot of sacrifices.

Top Congress leadership including AICC General Secretary incharge for Karnataka Randeep Surjewala, former Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara, Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Legislative Council B.K. Hariprasad and KPCC Campaign Committee Chairman M.B. Patil were also present at the occasion.






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  • DP, Balmatta

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Karnataka people love their coffee. Last time around they gave "Tea" a chance but now fed up with it as it has become tasteless and bitter. down the drain it goes. Back for Coffee ! Grown plenty in Waynard area too!!!

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  • Navneeth, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Do NOT go by the crowd numbers. I still remember here in this forum, where Cong supporters were saying, lookin a the crowd that RaGa will get 400 seats. Eventually he had to flee to Wayanad.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Congress will bounce back provided they come out of their policy of appeasement and soft approach towards some hardcore fanatical organizations.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    "Most marchers were hired manpower and hardly voters" - Only you got the right information. Do you also know that most of the unemployed youth haven been absorbed by your party/Hindu organizations to carry out immoral activities and other non productive projects all over Ka🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯🧑‍🦯

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  • Kedhar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Looks like there will be another partition in the party ! No Nehru or Mountbatten to blame. They lead a jolly life.

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  • Pacific Heights, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    A rejuvenated Congress is a boon to JDS. If Congress want to defeat BJP and keep it out of power, they will have to approach the Gowdas for support. No wonder HDK and Doddagowdru are dancing at home.

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  • True politician, Kudla

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Jana Marulo.... Jaathre marulo ....AAP is the future of Karnataka,,,..

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  • Pacific Heights, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Bengaluru population is not 1lac.. So do not get carried away with the crowd as this wont get translated to votes for Congress. We saw the same in 2018 and eventually HDK walked away with the cake. Guess history will repeat.

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    At the end ,, the Congress leaders will have to contest from a 'safe' constituency to survive in politics.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    BJP/RSS so many Right wing activists oppose Congress party and those who fought for freedom fighters but just to show off they considered 75 Independence day with high esteem. When Eshwarappa openly degraded and insulted our Tricolour National flag saying one they wiil hoist Saffron flag in Delhi Fort, non of the BJP top heads uttered a word condemning such attitude. Even PM or President acted dumb & deaf and if at all such words came from any other opposition party member. You readers just image what could have been the consequence ? Fake feelers and black mailers.

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Most marchers were hired manpower and hardly voters

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  • Prashanth, Mulki

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    This is BJP culture not congress.

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  • Alfria, Manglore/Mumbai

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Were you also approached for the march?? How much money did they offer you, ?

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Such kind of mega march went on since 2014, followed by mahagatbandan... and it will continue to do so for their own satisfaction. End result 'ZERO'... nothing new to us...waste of time & energy!

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Bjpee learned to hack and Rig EVMs...ye andr ki baat hai lol

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    AAP is alternative for all the parties in kar NATAKA

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Those who support Congress, BJP, JDS , means voters of Karnataka want corrupt.government.

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  • Althaf, Udupi/Kaup

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Remember one thing. Todays Congress/JDS MLA'S are Tomorrows BJP MLA. Voting congress is same like voting BJPEEEEEE

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  • bala, Kudla

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Right words Altaf. Seen this govt full of skip monkeys. Congress have to touch bottom level of their cadre to acheive good results rather than these type of paid shows. Near future BJP will follow the rally like this which is no use.

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  • Althaf, Udupi/Kaup

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    What About EVM?

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  • S Shetty, Tulunaad

    Tue, Aug 16 2022


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  • Real kujuma, Kodial

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Ulti ginthi of bjpigs starts now

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  • prakash, Manipal

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    Time of reckoning may well have arrived.... Hollowness of BJP was exposed in PM's empty speech... But for mentioning Savarkar he had nothing much to boast of... One of the five prans unity and solidarity looks a mere cruel joke.... He is the biggest hypocrite among them all... No mention on burning unemployment and inflation... Talk was a usual boring monologue which was nothing but lip service... Opposition must let go pride and prejudice... They all must unite at the sacrifice of seats for any single party... We must defeat this modern day maharaakshasa called bajapa...

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Tue, Aug 16 2022

    People's disappointment is seen clearly with the present dispensation. Loud and clear message to BJP.

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