Staff Correspondent

A pro-reservation rally has been planned in Bangalore on May 30

Belgaum: AIPJD leaders Siddaramaiah and C.M. Ibrahim have questioned the "silence" of the secular parties on the anti-reservation agitation, and asked them to make their stand clear on the issue. The AIPJD along with organisations such as the Raitha Sangha and DSS will organise a rally in Bangalore on May 30 in support of reservation.

Talking to presspersons here on Wednesday, Mr. Siddaramaiah said the Centre must implement the notification on providing reservation from this year itself. Questioning the silence of political parties claiming to be secular and all those arguing in favour of merit, he wanted to know why no party was opposing capitation fee which made no discrimination on caste basis. Mr. Ibrahim said the anti-reservation agitation lacked popular support. Not attaching much significance to the contradictory statements of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa on the State's finances, the former Deputy Chief Minister warned of disastrous consequences if immediate steps were not taken to streamline financial administration. He alleged that Mr. Yediyurappawas not paying attention to resource mobilisation. Replying to questions, he accused Mr. Kumaraswamy of deliberately trying to delay the metro rail project for Bangalore by showing more interest in monorail.

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