Siddaramaiah Bats for BC Quota in Housing Schemes
By Express News Service | Published: 13th January 2014 08:31 AM |
Faced with the challenge of winning at least 15 out of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in the State in the forthcoming elections, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah appears to be reviving his earlier strategy of consolidating the AHINDA, a Kannada acronym for minorities, backward communities and dalits.
The Chief Minister on Sunday addressed a mammoth rally of about 100 castes coming under the umbrella of backward communities organised by the Backward Classes Federation near Nelamangala on the outskirts of the city.
Siddaramaiah, who has been projecting himself as a champion of the backward classes, used the occasion to drive home the point that “only the Congress could provide social justice for the weaker sections of society”.
Accusing the JD(S) of thwarting his chances of becoming chief minister on two occasions, Siddaramaiah said he, belonging to the backward Kuruba community, could get the post only because of the “commitment of the Congress to social justice”. He accused the JD(S) and the BJP of indulging in caste and communal politics.
The Chief Minister promised that he would consider the demand for providing quota for backward classes in various housing schemes being implemented by government agencies like Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation and the Bangalore Development Authority.
He supported the demand to extend reservation for backward classes in the private sector. The State would convey its demand to the Union Government, he said. Siddaramaiah also backed the demand of the backward classes for reservation in Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies, proportionate reservation for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, other backward classes (OBCs) and minorities.