Special Correspondent

Concern over reservation proposals for SCs/STs in Delimitation Commission's draft notification


  • Panel's proposals are unscientific
  • They favour Mumbai-Karnataka, Old Mysore areas

    GULBARGA: A public hearing on the draft notification of the Delimitation Commission held here on Sunday was dominated by protests over the reservation proposals for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).

    Commission chairman Kuldip Singh chaired the public hearing that was held on Sunday.

    The people said that the proposals were unscientific and they favoured Mumbai-Karnataka and Old Mysore areas. Majority of the constituencies in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region had been reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, they said.

    Mr. Kuldip Singh gave an assurance that the draft proposals were not final.

    He said he would review them after hearing complaints and objections from the public and make necessary changes.

    The commission held the public hearing for Gulbarga, Raichur, Koppal, Bidar and Bellary districts. In the morning session, the commission heard the public and elected representatives of Bellary, Raichur and Koppal districts. In the evening session, it heard objections from the public and elected representatives of Bidar and Gulbarga district. The major issue that came up was reservation of a large number of Assembly and parliamentary constituencies for SCs and STs, denying opportunities to other communities.

    Of the five parliamentary constituencies in Gulbarga, Raichur, Koppal, Bidar and Bellary, four had been reserved for SCs and STs. Only Koppal had been left out, the people said.

    As many as 18 Assembly constituencies had been reserved for SCs and STs. But in Uttara Kannada, and Udupi, Kodagu not a single constituency had been reserved for them.

    In big districts such as Dakshina Kannada, Mandya, Haveri, Gadag, Dharwad, Chikmagalur, Bijapur and Bagalkot, one seat each has been reserved for SCs and STs.

    They pleaded before the commission to equitably distribute the seats to all the districts.

    Revu Naik, Minister for Animal Husbandry; Iqbal Ahmed Saradgi, Gulbarga MP; B.R. Patil, M.Y. Patil, Chandrasekhar Patil Revoor, Sunil Vallyapur, MLAs for Gulbarga district; M.S. Somalingappa, MLA, Siruguppa, Bellary district; Khaja Arshad Ali and Basavaraj Patil Humnabad, MLCs from Bidar; and Kollur Basavanagowda Patil, former MP, Bellary participated in the public hearing. No MLAs from Bidar, Raichur and Koppal were present.

    Anantkumar, Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party Parliamentary Board; M. Mallikarjun Kharge, president, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee; Basanagowda Patil Yatnal, former Union Minister and MP; Ramesh Jigjangi, MP; P.G.R Sindhia, former Minister and MLA; Veerabaswanth Reddy Mudnal, MLA; Shangara Ram, Secretary of the Commission; M.R. Hegade, Commissioner of the State Election Commission and R. Ramaseshan, CEO, Bangalore, were present.