Karnataka BJP 'rebel' MLA Basangouda Patil sets deadline for job quota


Bengaluru, Feb 21 (IANS): Continuing his tirade against Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, ruling BJP's 'rebel' legislator Basangouda Patil Yatnal on Sunday set March 31 as the deadline for the state government to provide job quota to the Panchamasali sect of the Lingayat community.

"Yediyurappa will face severe consequences if he does not include Panchamasali sub-caste in the 2A reservation category for government jobs and seats in state-run educational institutes by March 31 when the ensuing budget session ends," asserted Yatnal at a massive rally of the community in the city's Palace grounds.

The month-long state budget session is set to begin on March 4 and conclude by March 31 after the legislature passes the finance bill for fiscal 2021-22.

Considered a rebel for criticising Yediyurappa's style of functioning, Yatnal has been served notice by the party's central disciplinary committee on February 12 to explain his conduct and alleged anti-party activities.

Asserting that the powerful community's sect would step-up its agitation till its main demand was met, Yatnal said Panchamasalis would send Yediyurappa home if he failed to include them in the reservation category by March-end.

"If the chief minister continues his drama, two ministers from the community (CC Patil and Murugesh Nirani) and chairmen of state-run boards and corporations should resign from their post," said the lawmaker from Vijayapura assembly segment the southern state's northwest region.

Rejecting the state government's stand that the demand would be considered after studying the socio-economic status of Panchamasalis, Yatnal said it was unfair for Yediyurappa to have included the Veerashaiva sect of the Lingayats but not the other sub-sect.

Referring to the show-cause notice served on him at the behest of Yediyurappa, Yatnal said he would not be cowed down by such actions against him.

Patil and Nirani, however, assured the gathering that the state government would consider their demand soon as Yediyurappa was seized on the issue.

 

  

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  • Manvit, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Kick him out of party its better for BJP. in this 21st century one should ask reservation not based on caste but on their income.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Now BJP is the biggest opposition for Narendra Modi ...

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  • Manvit, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Its Narendra Modi's victory not BJPs. People support Narendra Modi not BJP.

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sun, Feb 21 2021

    Ultimate losers in this are us. Those who voted for BJP voted for Modi. Those who voted for non-BJP voted against Modi. Leftist influence on media coupled with celebration of individual based achievement is so high, this is a phase where our electorates have to see through the noise. We desperately need intellectual engagement to take us beyond our perception. Some are for Modi, and some may be against. What about after Modi? Are we going to leave it for chance or still hope for Rahul Gandhi to mature after 50 years from now? There are some real issues. Silent majority who feels that they have been abused and will be abused will vote. A sometimes silent or other times vocal minority who feels, this is what this majority deserves or, our generation was never party to it will also vote. Truth will prevail. Atrocities happened. How long will we run from reality? If it is about not allowing atrocities, then there has to be acceptance of reality and whence guilt. Basangouda Patil's noise is about economics of election and how to survive. Politicians across spectrum will never bring you real issues.

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  • Alphy, Mumbai

    Sun, Feb 21 2021

    I agree with your comment Mr Mayya, but you also need to take into consideration how the current government has captured the entire machinery of election system, law, courts, media, defense force, Tax departments and even the police departments in their hand by coarsen or by threat. They also ensured, the opposition is completely destroyed by hook or by crook. What happens then, the country changes from Democracy to Autocracy and people live in fear to open their mouth or voice their grievances, for they will be called Anti-nationals. Today, everyone in India including the so called bhakts are living in fear as no one knows, when they will knock at your door and throw you behind the bars with no legal recourse. A good government always like to see a strong opposition to ensure the country is governed well. Words of Churchill echoes loudly now.

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