Prime News, Karnataka, Quota, Bengaluru, March 16:- In a breather of sorts for Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on the reservation front, Jaya Mritunjaya Swamiji has announced that he is temporarily withdrawing his agitation.
This happened after Yediyurappa assured that a report will be submitted on providing category 2A reservation for the Panchamasali community within six months.
Speaking on this issue in the House, CM Yediyurappa said, “We have sought a report from the Backward Classes Commission, also from a committee headed by a retired High Court judge that has been constituted and they will submit their report. In six-seven months, I will try to get the report. As there is demand from everyone (various communities), we will take appropriate decisions.”
Even Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai chipped in saying the chief minister has assured appropriate steps within the framework of law after getting reports in six-seven months and the government was committed to providing justice to everyone.
Basanagouda Yatnal who has consistently targeted CM Yediyurappa on this issue finally stated: “As the chief minister has given an assurance, I compliment him and request the seer to stop the agitation for six months, and if things don’t work out, we are with you (seer)”
Panchamasalis, a sub-sect of the dominant Veerashaiva-Lingayat community, wants to be included in category 2A of the OBC reservation matrix. They are currently included under 3B.
The state government has already asked the Backward Classes Commission to look into the reservation demand of the Panchamasali community.
The government on March 10 constituted a three-member high-level committee headed by retired High Court judge Subhash Adi to look into demands by various communities in the state for revising the existing reservation. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)