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Modi welcomed by double protests in Bangalore

Demanding the removal of Union Minister Giriraj Singh and scrapping of the central land acquisition bill, two protests were held simultaneously.

By Gaurav Sarkar

BANGALORE (April 2)— Two protests were held on Thursday at Anandrao Circle demanding the resignation of Union Minister Giriraj Singh, and the scrapping of the central land acquisition bill, shortly before the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Congress workers burning effigies of Narendra Modi and Giriraj Singh

One of the protests was held in retaliation to sexist comments made by Giriraj Sigh against Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Manjula Naidu, president of the Karnataka Pradesh Mahila Congress demanded the union minister’s resignation at the soonest for his “derogatory and sexist remarks” against Gandhi.

“We will burn down entire Karnataka if Narendra Modi does not drop Union Minister Giriraj Singh form the party,” Naidu said.

According to her, the BJP had been making sexist and communal statements in public as well in the assembly, ever since they had come into power. But by abusing Gandhi, the saffron party had receded to a new low and was not even worthy of being in the opposition.

The protest started off with Congress party workers chanting slogans against the BJP establishment at the Center, burning down effigies of Giriraj Singh and Narendra Modi

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Over a hundred police officers as well as the Central Reserve Police Force were present at the spot to contain the mob, which took the agitation literally “to the streets”.

Police officials had to set up barricades in order to prevent the angry mob from blocking roads and creating havoc right before the arrival of the prime minister.

Unhappy party workers who tried jumping the barricades in order to take the protest ahead were pushed away by civil police officials.

Farmers to go on hunger strike till Namo exits Bangalore

The other demonstration at Anandrao was led by the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangh wherein farmers gathered from across the city to peacefully protest against central land acquisition bill.

Farmers protest against the Center's Land Acquisition Bill

“We are peacefully protesting against the scrapping of the central land acquisition bill,” said Talla, spokesperson of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangh said. “We are going on a hunger strike for the next three days, till Narendra Modi leaves Bangalore. We will survive only on water and no food.”

He also said that protests were taking place in front of the all the district commissioner’s offices in Tumkur, Hubli, Dharwad, and Kolar on the same day.

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