Jana Sangrama Parishat (JSP) vice-president M C Chikkanna on Tuesday said that local court’s notice to PWD Minister H C Mahadevappa’s son Sunil Bose for allegedly abetting a mines and geology official to accept bribe, has vindicated the charges that the minister’s family is involved in illegal sand mining.
Addressing media persons here, he said the Jana Sangram Parishat will not urge Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to drop Mahadevappa from the cabinet as it is clear that their efforts would go in vain.
“We know that the chief minister will not drop Mahadevappa from the cabinet. Mahadevappa has been made the district in-charge minister despite allegations, shows that the chief minister supports his illegal activities. Instead of demanding Mahadevappa’s sacking, JSP will apprise the chief minister about his corruption,” he added.
Chikkanna said that the parishat had in the past complained to the government, Lokayukta and other authorities about the minister’s involvement in illegal sand mining. The absence of a proper execution of policy on sand has led to such illegal activities, he regretted.
Further, he blamed the district administration and police for the illegal sand mining in the district. “Without the officials support, such activities can’t happen.” Chikkanna said the issue will be discussed in the
state committee before planning the future course of agitation in this regard.
Chikkanna came down heavily on Harihar Anandaswamy of Dalita Hindulida Alpasankyatara Samanvaya Samithi for his ‘baseless allegations’ against Jana Sangram Parishat state general secretary Prasanna who is fighting against the harassment of Dungri Gerasiya, Jenu Kuruba and Bhovi community people by a person named Dharma, who was also convicted in illegal sand mining.
He said Anandaswamy has made allegations against Prasanna without knowing the ground realities. “It is only after confirming the harassment of people at the hands of Dharma, the Parishat has authorised Prasanna to fight legally. Child marriage, polygamy, forced marriage; unethical divorces are common in the Dungri Gerasiya colony in Koppa village of Periyapatna taluk. Dharma is supporting these practices. The youth of the colony are also against it,” he added.
JSP members including Vijayakumar, Nagarle Vijayakumar, Ramanna, Chidambara and Vidyasagar were present.