Karnataka Dalit leaders unhappy with CM Siddaramaiah


Bengaluru:A meeting called by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday to discuss allocation of funds for the downtrodden communities saw Dalit leaders walk out, demanding that the government make clear its stand on internal reservation among scheduled castes.Drama unfolded during the pre-budget meeting here as the Dalit leaders insisted that the government clarify its stand on the A J Sadashiva Commission report.
Drama unfolded during the pre-budget meeting at the CM’s Home Office as Dalit leaders insisted the state government to clarify its stand on implementation of the A. J. Sadashiva Commission report. Prominent among them were Bahujan Samaj Party state co-ordinator Marasandra Muniyappa and Dalit Sangharsh Samiti president N. Murthy. They mobbed the Chief Minister, and refused to heed to his plea for suggestions.
Dalit leaders told to media that they boycotted the meeting on Saturday because of the reluctance of the government to implement the commission recommendations.The panel had recommended reclassification of all Scheduled Castes into four groups of Right Community (5%), Left Community (6%), Touchables (3%), and Other Scheduled Caste communities (1%) for equitable distribution of the overall reservation. The report was submitted to the then Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda. While a section of Dalits is for classification for reservation, another section is not. DSS leaders have decided to display black flags during the visit of AICC president Rahul Gandhi to the State on December 10.


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