Special Correspondent

‘The community has not been given proportional representation’

BANGALORE: The Karnataka State Yadava Sangha has demanded 20 tickets from three major parties for candidates belonging to the Yadava community to contest the coming elections to the State Assembly.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, sangha president Lakshminaryana Yadav said there were 40 lakh people belonging to Yadava community in the State, they are also known as Gollas (cowherds). But till now they have not been given proportional representation in the Assembly, he pointed out. None of the political leaders belonging to the Yadava community have been given membership of Rajya Sabha or the Legislative Council nor have they been given chance to head different corporations, boards or authorities, he added.

He said the sangha has appealed to the Congress to reserve 12 seats, BJP seven seats and JD(S) one seat in districts inhabited by Gollas namely Chitradurga, Tumkur, Kolar, Bangalore City, Chikkaballapur, Ramanagara, Bellary, Belgaum, Gulburga, Bidar and Raichur.

The sangha has prepared candidates in these districts in anticipation of favourable replies from the political parties he added.