Akhila Karnataka V Srinivas Prasad Abhimani Balaga, a supporters’ organisation of former minister V Srinivas Prasad called off its proposed Mysuru bandh scheduled on June 24 in the wake of dropping Prasad from the cabinet, recently.
Addressing media persons here on Wednesday, former Mayor Purushotham said that the Balaga has withdrawn the bandh call, respecting the advice of former minister Srinivas Prasad who said “Our disappointment should not hurt the public who were not directly connected with issue.”
However, the former Mayor said “We will continue our agitation against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who has ignored the most senior politician, and will hold a silent rally from Ambedkar Park in Ashokapuram to Town Hall passing through Ramaswamy Circle, Corporation Circle, Jaganmohan Palace, Devaraj Urs Road and Railway Station on June 28.”
Purushotham said the scheduled royal wedding of scion Yaduveer, is also one of the major reasons to postpone our protest.
Further expressing displeasure against Siddaramaiah’s stance, he pointed out that MLAs facing serious allegations and their sons involvement in irregularities due to influence of political power, have remained in the cabinet and prominent leaders have been dropped out. “We expected leaders of repute would be made district-in-charge ministers, but it is unfortunate that alleged corrupt MLAs were given key portfolio.”
Without conducting preliminary meeting with all the MLAs and taking their confidence over before cabinet reshuffle, the CM Siddaramaiah has gone ahead with an adamant attitude, this will affect the Congress in next Assembly elections to be held in 2018, he added.
Responding to a media query, Purushotham said “we don’t have plans to join another party, and Srinivas Prasad also may not change the party. However, it is our responsibility to express opposition when senior leaders are sidelined, he said.
Members of Balaga including P Nandakumar, V Ramaswamy, Venkataraju were present.