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`Reserve seats in Parliament for BCs'

By Our Staff Correspondent

RAMDURG (BELGAUM DT), APRIL 6. The Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, has made a strong plea for reserving seats in Parliament and State legislatures for backward classes (BCs).

Presiding over Kanakadasa Jayanti celebrations and conference of BCs here on Tuesday, he said seats are reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes but not for BCs, which form over 50 per cent of the population.

He informed the huge gathering on the occasion that the Minister for Cooperation, R.V. Deshpande, responded positively to his request to take steps for reservation of seats in cooperative bodies.

Mr. Siddaramaiah alleged that the rights of BCs are being taken away and asked them to organise and assert themselves. He said they should identify forces committed to their welfare.

The former Minister and senior Congress leader H. Vishwanath criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party President, L.K. Advani, for "defending" the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, in the context of the riots after the Godhra incident.

The former Union Minister C.M. Ibrahim, said a campaign to protect Siddaramaiah as a candidate for the post of Chief Minister will be launched. Muslims along with BCs will be a force to reckon with in elections, he added.

Pointing out that Kanakadasa was from an underprivileged section of society, he questioned the decision of the authorities of Sri Krishna Temple in Udupi to demolish the Kanaka gopura.

The General Secretary of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, T.M. Ashok, asked BCs to unite under one political party. However, the BJP Lok Sabha member from Belgaum, Suresh C. Angadi, said BCs should align with different parties.

Memorandum

The Ramdurg MLA, Mahadevappa Yadwad, submitted a memorandum.

Sri Niranjananandpuri Swami of Kaginale and other pontiffs of Kuruba mutts were present.

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