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Friday, November 16, 2012 8:09:40 PM (IST)  

Mangalore: 'Yogish Bhat Hindering Construction of Ambedkar Bhavan for Dalits'

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (PS)
Mangalore, Nov 16:
"The long-pending demand of the Dalit community in the DK district to have an Ambedkar Bhavan to organize community and family programmes is being hindered by legislative assembly deputy speaker Yogish Bhat," alleged M Devadas, state organizing secretary, Karnataka Dalit Sangharsha Samiti.

Addressing a press meet here on Friday November 16, he said that following demand made by many Dalit unions, the then DC Subodh Yadav had recorded the land required in the RTC. The land earmarked for the purpose was in Derebail ward, but to no avail.
M Devadas said that many vested interests were behind the non-commencement of the work on Ambedkar Bhavan building. "Both the district administration and Mangalore City Corporation have give in to the pressure and proposed to shift the project from Derebail ward to some other place. This is an insult to the architect of the Indian Constitution Baba Saheb Ambedkar," he said.
He also complained that when a delegation led by Dalit leaders met DC Dr N S Channappa Gowda, the latter reportedly told leaders to contact Yogish Bhat to realize the project. M Devadas said that the DC was acting as a puppet of political powers and that if he had any will power, the project which was realized in almost all other districts, would also have materialized in Dakshina Kannada too.
He warned that a large protest and campaign will be organized in the coming days in case further delay was made.
Dalit unions leaders SP Anand, Krishnananda D, Ramesh Kotian, Jagadeesh Pandeshwar, Lingappa Nanthur, P Keshava, Chandrakumar were present at the press meet.
Leaders urge to withdraw criminal case against arrested scribe
The Dalit leaders also urged for the release of TV journalist Naveen Soorinje who was arrested by the police in the Padil home stay incident. Krishnananda D, district convener of Karnataka Dalit Sangharsha Samithi said that BJP government and the district administration could not tolerate a sincere journalist and hence labeled him as a criminal. "The police action is against democracy," he said, and urged for the withdrawal of cases filed against Naveen Soorinje.

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Comments on this article
M ANANDA PAI, Bantwal/Dombivli
Saturday, November 17, 2012

It is very sad to note that anything related to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar is always linked to dalits Dr Ambedkar was a leader of all Indians He is known as the Author of Indian Constitution In such a case how anything done agaist him or the constitution be treated as insult to dalits? Actually by usurping Babasaheb's name dalits are doing injustice to his memories

N.M, Mangalore
Saturday, November 17, 2012

@Dinesh.. agreed Mr. Bhat is indeed a good human being and is accepted by all people in his constituency. But the bottom line is that he IS NOT an efficient administrator His constituency in Mangalore city has'nt witnessed great development. The area still lacks footpaths, systematic parking, stormwater drainage system, parks, markets, good roads, regular water supply.

One does not become a good MLA just because he/she is a good person. A good MLA must work towards the overall development of his constituency and this development should be visible.

Balanna, Dubai / Mangalore
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Mr. Yogish Bhat talks a lot but does nothing. Two years back he was saying that the construction of foot way bridge, work on golf court at Thaneerbavi and work on Mangala Cor niche would start immediately. Everybody knows the progress of these projects. I through out his term he will keep saying this and work will not start. Mangalore does not have even a proper bus stand and markets for vegetables and fish.

Lancelot N Tauro, Manglore - Doha Qatar
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Forget about the construction of Ambedkar Bhavan, As a Good human being morality to ask about the re-construction extension of womens hospital Lady Goshen Dear Yogish Bhat? even after getting the Rs. 2 crores donation from the patients parents from Andhra Pradesh.??!!!

Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru
Friday, November 16, 2012

Yogish Bhat is not hindering, but your congis are hindering.

Yogish Bhat is a very good human being. You don't have any morality to speak against him.

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