Staff Reporter

Kodandaramaiah targets Deve Gowda, son

Bangalore: Congress leader and former MP P. Kodandaramaiah has criticised the stand of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to bring about internal reservation among backward classes.

He told presspersons here on Tuesday that Mr. Kumaraswamy and his father, the former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda, had assured the smaller castes among the backward classes of bringing in internal reservation under category 2A separating them from Kurubas and Idigas who were also grouped in the same category.

Questioning the constitutional propriety of the Chief Minister to announce any measure at bifurcating or earmarking separate reservation for the smaller castes, Mr. Kodandaramaiah said that this was nothing but usurping the powers of the Karnataka Backward Classes Commission.

The fact that the commission was yet to be reconstituted was a reflection on the commitment of the two leaders for the uplift of the backward classes.

On the other hand, he said that the two leaders had attended the Vokkaliga conference, where Mr. Kumaraswamy spoke of strengthening the community. Mr. Kumaraswamy even said that he would take up the issue of internal reservation in the next Cabinet meeting, Mr. Kodandaramaiah said and dubbed the whole affair as a drama enacted by Mr. Deve Gowda and his son.

Mr. Kodandaramaiah said that all those JD(S) leaders who joined the Congress, were happy.

He opposed the stand of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for giving reservation in education and employment for the poor among upper castes. However, he was for providing freeship, concession in fees, hostel facilities and distribution of free books.