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Protest continues against `removal' of Ambedkar portrait

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Deputy Chief Minister asked to apologise



IN PROTEST: Postgraduate students of Gulbarga University submitting a memorandum addressed to the Governor, to the Vice-Chancellor V.B. Coutinho in Gulbarga on Monday.

GULBARGA: Dalit organisations continued their protest against the alleged removal of the portrait of Ambedkar by Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa from his office in the State Secretariat, for the second day here on Monday.

Postgraduate students of Gulbarga University boycotted their classes and staged a demonstration on the main campus against the alleged incident.

The students walked out of their classes as a mark of protest.

Later, in a memorandum addressed to Governor T.N. Chaturvedi, the students demanded an apology from Mr. Yediyurappa and said that he should resign from the post.

They also demanded that the Government arrest Mr. Yediyurappa and launch criminal proceedings against him for insulting Dr. Ambedkar by removing his portrait.

Resignation sought

Bidar Staff Correspondent reports:

Various Dalit organisations in Bidar district have demanded the resignation of Mr. Yediyurappa, who allegedly removed the portraits of Dr. Ambedkar from his office.

The Karnataka State Dalit Sangharsh Samiti, DSS (Sagar), the Samata Sanik Dal, the Dalit Panthers, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) were among the other organisations to register their protest.

Effigy burnt

Dalit activists burnt the effigy of Mr. Yediyurappa at the Dr. Ambedkar Circle and shouted slogans against the new Government.

They also urged Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to break his ties with the BJP, which they termed as communal and anti-Dalit.

Vijaykumar Sonare, Maruti Boudhe, Baburao Paswan and Nagendra Dande were among the leaders who participated in the protest.

Memorandum

They submitted a memorandum addressed to the President A.P.J. Kalam asking him to initiate action against Mr. Yediyurappa.

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