Vijayapura: With the Assembly Elections nearing and are scheduled to be held next year, the Panchamsali community, which has a sizable population in the State, has apparently decided to intensify the agitation to demand reservation under the 2A category.
The agitation which is led by Basava Jayamrutyunjaya Swamy of Kudalasangama has been holding several protests across the State in support of the demand. Some of the other prominent leaders who are with the Seer are, Former MLA Vijayanand Kashappanavar of the Congress and BJP MLA, Basanagouda Patil Yatnal who have been exerting pressure on the Government to meet their demands. In this regard, the community which has already formed the State level Committee has now decided to constitute the Taluk level Committees also to increase the strength and intensify the agitation.
The Committee has also given a deadline to the Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to meet their demand, or else face stiff resistance.
“If the Government does not take any concrete decision before December 19, then the community will hold a Mega Protest Rally in Bengaluru where around 25 people of the community will gather,” aid Committee’s Honorary President M. S. Rudragoudar.
Claiming that already the community has held other forms of agitations including writing letters in blood and taking out protest rallies, yet the Government has not met their demand.
“After the assurance of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, the Committee had decided to withdraw the agitation for a time being. But now since it is appearing that the Government is not in a mood to meet our long-standing demand, we are forced to resume our agitation”, he said during a recent press conference.
The office-bearers also believe that since the BJP which is in power, is going for coming polls, does not wish to antagonise the Panchamsali community which has been supportive of the BJP significantly.
They believe that since the ruling parties normally tend to meet the demand of people before going to polls, the leaders believe that it is the right time to exert pressure on the Government to meet their demands.