Staff Correspondent

Various organisations have been agitating since February 26

‘Yeddyurappa wants to rename Bangalore, Mysore varsities also’

TUMKUR: The agitation against Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa’s move to rename Tumkur University gained momentum on Saturday with several writers participating in a protest meeting at Town Hall Circle here.

Members of 15 Dalit and progressive organisations have been agitating here since February 26 against the move to rename the university.

S.G. Siddaramaiah, former Chairman of the Kannada Book Authority; K.B. Siddaiah, member of the National Book Trust; K.R. Nagaraj, critic; Nataraj Huliyar, dramatist; and Voddagere Nagarajaiah, writer, addressed the agitators.

Criticised

The writers and other speakers criticised Mr. Yeddyurappa for raking up the issue of renaming the university for “political gains”.

They said that Mr. Yeddyurappa wanted to rename Bangalore and Mysore universities also.

Resolution

The writers adopted a resolution against the move to rename the Tumkur University.

They asked the Chief Minister to keep away from the affairs of universities as “they are academic bodies”. The writers were prevented from taking out a procession from the circle to the Deputy Commissioner’s office as the model code of conduct was in force.

A senior official met them at the circle and received their memorandum addressed to the Governor.

Chelur Venkatesh, convenor of the joint action committee of the agitating Dalit organisations, alleged that a Veershaiva math was trying to divide the Dalits in the district on the varsity renaming issue.

Appeal

The writers said that they would appeal to the Veerashaiva maths in the State this regard.

“The Veerashaiva maths follow Basaveshwara’s philosophy of social justice. I appeal to them to support the cause of Dalits on this (renaming) issue also,” Mr. Nagaraj said on behalf of the writers and leaders who participated in the agitation.

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