Mysuru, January 20:- Leaders of Balija community opined that it is essential for them to fight for jobs and political reservation at the annual convention of the community held in association with Sri Yogi Narayana Balija Sangha on Sunday.
“Our community which was in 2A is now moved to 3A which is a wrong move. Now we are getting reservation only in education. I won’t rest until the community gets job and political reservation,” said former minister MR Seetharam.
“When M Veerappa Moily was the chief minister, the state government added us to 3A. It is essential that the community protests for the rights. We got a reservation only in education in 2010. We still didn’t get justice. Our community didn’t get prominence in the cabinet or Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC). Unless we fight, we won’t get justice,” said the former chairman of Mysuru Paints and Varnish HA Venkatesh.
“I was selling flowers every day before going to school. I had gone to school barefooted till 8th standard. Our community has self-respect. We should not beg in front of anyone. Parents should understand the importance of education,” said the Registrar of the University of Mysore, Prof R Shivappa after being felicitated.
Students of the community who have secured good marks were felicitated on the occasion.
Dr Nataraja Shetty of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, industrialist Keerthi Kumar and international woman cricketer Krithi Krishna were also felicitated. (MR/KS)