Thursday, April 15, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Yeddyurappa assures Dalits of internal reservation

Yeddyurappa assures Dalits of internal reservation

Thursday, April 15, 2010 10:54 IST

Bangalore: Colourful rallies and garlanding of the statue of architect
of Indian Constitution BR Ambedkar marked the celebration of Ambedkar
Jayanthi on Wednesday.

But the discordant note was struck by politics as the ruling party BJP
and Congress locked horns over the issue of internal reservation for

Reiterating his commitment to social justice, chief minister BS
Yeddyurappa assured internal reservation for scheduled castes and
scheduled tribes triggering a strong reaction from the Congress

The chief minister also stated that his government would provide
houses for all the homeless Dalits within next three years and
construct Ambedkar Bhavans in 10 districts at a cost of Rs2 crore

Even as the parties are gearingup for Gram Panchayat polls in the
state to be held in May, Yeddyurappa said, internal reservation for
various castes under SC and ST category would be introduced in the
state. "I will take up the issue with central government very soon. It
will also be discussed in the next session of state legislature.
Internal reservation is our promise for the oppressed Dalit community
and I will fulfil that promise," he declared after garlanding the
statue of Ambedkar.

The system of internal reservation provides for distributing the quota
for SC or STs to various castes in proportion to their population. The
proposal has been mooted in the backdrop of reports that the benefits
of reservation are being cornered by only a few dominant castes among
the SC/STs.

The chief minister's promise invited immediate retaliation from
opposition Congress as Union labour minister Mallikarjun Kharge
accused Yeddyurappa as making irresponsible promises with an eye on
panchayat polls.

"The chief minister should know that internal reservation can be
implemented only with the consent of the Centre." Leader of the
opposition Siddaramaiah dismissed the promise as a political gimmick
and questioned BJP government's commitment for welfare of SC and STs.

Referring to recent decision of the state government to change the
Bangalore Mayor's reservation category from the original BC-A to
general, Siddaramaiah said that it reflected the real mindset of the
BJP government.

Ambedkar Jayanthi celebrations organised by the government on the
steps of Vidhana Soudhawas cancelled due to heavy rains.


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