‘Internal reservation is a disintegrating force’

Special Correspondent

V.P. Singh’s contribution to the development of the downtrodden lauded

Bangalore: The issue of internal reservation is only a tool at the hands of “unethical and selfish political forces” and not a broad based political ideology as it has been projected, the former Chairman of the Kannada Book Authority S.G. Siddaramaiah has said.

He was speaking at a seminar here on Saturday, organised by the Hindulida Vargagala Jagruta Vedike to trace the contribution of the former Prime Minister the late V.P. Singh for the development of the downtrodden, oppressed and backward classes.

Undue importance

Prof. Siddaramaiah said that of late the issue of internal reservation had been gaining undue importance in political circles.

All backward class communities should exercise their discretion in dealing with such a sensitive issue. Chances of power-hungry politicians misusing it to disintegrate the respective communities for their purposes could not be ruled out, he added.

Extolling the contributions of the late V.P. Singh for the betterment of backward classes, Prof. Siddaramaiah alleged that media and upper classes were not fair in recognising and responding to his (V.P. Singh’s) social outlook and commitment.

Like the former Chief Minister D. Devaraj Urs, the late V.P. Singh also “faced the ire and succumbed to the cheap politics of an influential section of deceptive creamy layer,” he added.