'Remove Shivakumar from cabinet'

A representation will be submitted to Governor, Vajubhai Vala, regarding the alleged land encroachments by Food and Civil Supplies Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao family and Energy Minister D K Shivakumar, said social activist S R Hiremath, here on Saturday. 

The Governor will also be urged to take action against the rampant corruption in varsities of the State and the assault on Director General of ATI, Rashmi Mahesh, he said.

Speaking at a press meet, he said that despite A T Ramaswamy Committee submitting a detailed report regarding the extent of land encroachment in the State, the same was scrapped by the BJP government. Apart from politicians, renowned actors and several religious institutions of the State have benefitted from illegal land encroachment.

Responding to questions, he said that Shivakumar’s “connections” in Delhi, due to his acquaintance with former external affairs minister, S M Krishna, has secured his position in the State cabinet. 

“Even though Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is miffed about the irregularities involving Shivakumar, he is forced to accommodate him. Shivakumar must resign from his post, if he has any sense of responsibility,” he said. He said that vested interests, which led to the downfall of BJP led State government in the past, were also present in the present Congress government. 

“Siddaramaiah must write a confidential letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi that he does not approve of Shivakumar being a part of the cabinet. Or else, the Congress, which has been decimated during last Lok Sabha elections, will suffer the same fate in Karnataka soon,” he said.

Programme

Speaking later at a programme, he said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aggressive aggressive development models, based on capitalistic ideals, economic and social inequalities in the country are bound to increase.

He said that the “development” promised by Modi will not benefit the common man, but will only accelerate the exploitation of life-sustaining natural resources.

“When such models of development is pursued by the government, it will be necessary to raise our voice against it,” he said.

Noting the agrarian crisis in the country and increase in cases of farmer suicide, he said that farmers should unite to fend off the threat from the corporate sector.

“The corporate sector is trying to gain a monopoly over seeds in the country. To oppose this, farmer cooperatives which market fertilisers, seeds and process agricultural produce should come up,” he said.

He said that man was posing a serious threat to environmental equilibrium, and that conservation of nature should be made a priority.  

“Nature can never be managed well, unless people close to it are involved in its management. We should strive to achieve harmony between nature, people and culture,” he said.

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