Vijayapura: The Federation of Karnataka Oppressed Communities has thrown its weight behind the Congress and has been appealing to the people of State to vote for the Congress in coming Assembly polls.
The Federation, which consists of various communities including the Dalits, Backwards and Minorities, has been holding tour of the State to campaign for the Congress and against the BJP.
“We held our prominent meeting recently in Bengaluru where a resolution was passed to campaign extensively against the communal and fascist BJP Government and support the Congress to form the Government in the State ”, said Anant Naik, the Convener of the Federation.
Mentioning the reason for their support to the Congress and opposition to the BJP, he claimed that while the Congress has been working to uphold the Constitution and its aspirations, the BJP is completely against it.
“The elected representatives of the BJP and some RSS leaders have been giving statements that the BJP has come to the power only to change the Constitution. Though we will never ever allow it to happen, but mere open statements of the BJP clearly indicates to their intensions,” he said.
He said that the Sangh Parivar has vehemently been against the reservation system in the country, which is why they have been making systematic and clandestine efforts to remove reservation being given to oppressed communities and the minorities. BJP and the RSS are against social justice and equality which are the basic tenets of the Constitution, he alleged.
“Besides this, the more dangerous thing the BJP is doing is to create animosity and hatred in the society in the name of religion. They have been raising emotional and absurd issues such as Halal-Jhatka cut, Hijab and opposing the Muslims to do business near Temples. This is certainly not in the interest of the communal harmony of the State,” he said.
Admitting that the Federation may be having some ideological differences with the Congress, however he claimed that party was never against the reservation or the Constitution. Therefore, the Federation is strongly standing with the Congress in the coming election, he said.
At the same time, the Federation is offering support to the Congress on conditions and not blindly.
“We are demanding the Congress to work for retaining the reservation system in the country which is given by the Constitution. As the Congress leader Siddaramaiah has promised to meet our demands, we are today holding a campaign for the Congress in the State,” he said.