Dalit activists try to lay siege to Siddaramaiah's house

Members of Samajika Nyayapara Vedike and Madiga community organisations tried to lay siege to the residence of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at Sharadadevi Nagar here on Tuesday.

They were seeking implementation of the recommendations of A J Sadashiva Committee report on the distribution of reservation on the basis of population.

The protesters took out a procession from Kote Anjaneya Swamy temple up to the DC’s office for which police permission had been taken. However, from there, they continued the protest march towards the CM’s residence. They were intercepted at Vijaya Bank Circle in Kuvempu Nagar. An official from the CM’s house came up to the circle to receive the memorandum.

Manda Krishna Madiga said that we would meet the CM on October 27 to press for the implementation of the recommendations. If talks do not bear fruits, a Delhi Chalo rally would be launched on November 2, he added.

He said that Sadashiva toured across the state in 2005 and collected all statistics. “He submitted the report in 2012 which recommends listing of the 101 castes under Scheduled Castes under four heads for scientific reservation. The communities have been pressing for equitable distribution of reservation since two decades. Now, Siddaramaiah has only a few months left. So, he should implement them immediately,” he said.

Former chairman of Safai Karmachari Commission Narayan, activists K S Shivaram, Devanuru Puttananjaiah, H Govindaiah, Sreekanth, Basavaraju and Harihara Anandswamy were present.

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