Trouble brewing up, Bandh in Raichur to demand a ministerial Berth

The Hindu ¦|¦Raichur

Janapara Sanghatanegala Okkoota, a conglomerate of various civil society organisations, has urged residents and the business community to observe a bandh on Friday to register their protest against the “continued injustice” against Raichur, a recent example — rejigged Council of Ministers.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Raghavendra Kushtagi, State working president of Jan Sangram Parishat and leading functionary of the conglomerate, attacked Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and the Congress for ignoring the district in the formation of Council of Ministers three years ago and its subsequent expansions as well as reshuffles.

“The State government has expressed its commitment to implement the recommendations of D.M. Nanjudappa Committee on Redressing Regional Imbalances. In terms of numbers, Hyderabad Karnataka should get at least eight berths in the Council of Ministers. But, Siddaramaiah has given only 4 — two from Kalaburagi and one each from Bidar and Koppal,” he said.

He also took serious objection to what he termed the over representation of a few districts in the Council of Ministers, such as Mysuru, when many district have no representations.

Strongly condemning the designation of Tanveer Seth as Raichur district in-charge Minister, Mr. Kushtagi issued a challenge to Chief Minister to designate anybody from Hyderabad Karnataka as a district in-charge Minister of Mysuru or any other Old Mysuru district and face the uproar there.
“We no longer tolerate this Old Mysuru’s hegemony over Hyderabad Karnataka. Successive governments have been viewing the region as Old Mysuru’s colony and Siddaramaiah is no exception. We will protest against this discriminatory approach,” he said. He demanded that the Chief Minister give the only remaining ministerial berth to a person from Raichur and make him the district in-charge so that he could be accessible to local people.

“We don’t want a person who is neither aware of local issues nor accessible to local people. Whenever he comes to Raichur we will show him black flags and shout ‘go back Tanveer Seth’. We won’t allow him to function as our district in-charge Minister,” he warned.

Chamarasa Malipatil, State president of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, V.A. Malipatil, convener of the conglomerate, leaders of various Kannada organisations were present.

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