Highlights

  • Congress pauses Karnataka 'padyatra' amid rise in Covid cases
  • 5 Cong leaders tested positive; FIR filed against 60: reports
  • Karnataka reported 21,930 new Covid cases on Jan 12
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Covid: What Congress said while pausing mega Karnataka march after 5 days

The decision was announced as five Congress leaders tested positive and Rahul Gandhi called up the state unit, as per reports.

A day after Karnataka witnessed a steep rise in new Covid cases, the Congress party decided to pause its mega padyatra, or march which was being seen as a super-spreader gathering.

The decision was announced as five Congress leaders tested positive and Rahul Gandhi called up the state unit, as per reports. On Day 5 of the 10-day march, FIRs were reportedly filed against over 60 party leaders.

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Congress was slated to end the 139-km padyatra in state capital Bengaluru, which reportedly saw a 44% hike in daily infections on January 12. On January 12, Karnataka recorded 21,930 new Covid cases. A day earlier, the new case count was 14,473, as per reports.


Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had also written to Congress leaders, appealing to them to call off the march, as per reports. Earlier, the Karnataka High Court had questioned the BJP-ruled state government over permissions for the march.


Congress organised the padyatra to press for the Mekedatu dam project, which is opposed by neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

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