Staff Correspondent

‘It will sensitise BCs on issues related to nation building and their welfare'

HUBLI: A forum for sensitising members of the backward classes on issues related to nation building, religion and their welfare would soon be formally launched by the Bharatiya Janata Party, party's State unit president K.S. Eshwarappa announced here on Thursday.

He was inaugurating a preliminary meeting organised under the auspices of the forum, which is yet to be formally launched, in Hubli. The meeting was in connection with the programme to felicitate Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa which would be organised by the forum in June in Bangalore. Mr. Eshwarappa clarified that the forum would not indulge in politics by dividing backward classes on the basis of caste.

Listing out the various steps taken up by the BJP Government in the state for the welfare of backward classes, he said the Congress and the Janata Dal(Secular) had considered the backward classes just as vote banks and had not implemented programmes for their development.

Mr. Eshwarappa urged the backward classes to unite to fight against the proposed move of the Union Government to extend the benefits of reservation meant for the backward classes to the minority communities.

Minister for Housing and Information Katta Subramanya Naidu said the forum would felicitate the chief minister in Bangalore for his contribution to the welfare of the backward classes. He said a protest would be organised in Bangalore in January against the implementation of the Raganath Mishra Committee report.

Ministers Jagadish Shettar, Govind M. Karjol and Anand Asnotikar, and MP Pralhad Joshi, Chairman of Karnataka Handloom Development Corporation M.D. Lakshminarayana and Chief Minister's Political Secretary B.J. Puttaswamy addressed the leaders of the backward classes. Leaders of backward classes from 13 districts participated in the preliminary meeting.