The Akhil Karnataka Veerashaiva Adibanajiga Sangha threatened to launch an intensified agitation if the State further delayed implementation of the recommendations of the S. Siddanagaiah-headed Backwards Classes Commission.

Members of the sangha took out a procession and submitted a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on Wednesday. The commission had taken up a caste-based census and collected comprehensive data on the 213 castes and sub-castes seeking the Backward Class tag. Adibanajiga (which is also known as Adiveerashaiva in Hyderabad-Karnataka, Veerashiva Adibanajiga in Mumbai-Karnataka and Chaturth Lingayat in the boundary areas of Karnataka and Maharashtra) sought reservation under 2A Backward Classes category.

Savadatti taluk president of the sangha R.B. Shankargoudar and general secretary Ravi G. Kobi said though the commission had submitted its recommendations in 2005, all successive governments in the State had ignored the report. The commission had recommended that the Adibanajiga community be included under the 2A category.

The taluk president said there were 25 lakh members of the community in Karnataka who remained backward in terms of education and employment. The sangha was fighting for reservation for the past 15 years, he said. Now the community has lost its patience.

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