Panchamsali community throws the gauntlet to Karnataka CM, issues deadline of March 4 for reservation | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Braving the rain and subsequent heat and humidity, thousands of Panchamsali Lingayat members on Sunday assembled at Palace Grounds in a show of strength against the BJP government and chief minister BS Yediyurappa, demanding 2A reservation status for the community. The community issued a deadline of March 4 to declare the same.
While the community had planned to gherao Vidhana Soudha on Sunday evening, it relented after Bengaluru police commissioner Kamal Pant decided to approach the leadership and urge them to shift their protest site to Freedom Park citing traffic chaos and law and order problem.
Led by two community pontiffs– Kudalasangama seer Jayamrthyunjaya Swami and Harihara Panchamsali mutt seer Vachananda Swami– the Panchamsali community saw a conglomeration of primarily “anti-Yediyurappa” political leaders on the stage from both the BJP and outside.
The seer said this is a culmination of the 40 year struggle of the community to secure 2A reservation status for the thousands of poor families seeking job security and better education.
He asked the government to keep its promise of ensuring the reservation category demand or face a serious backlash with a fast unto death by him and the community leadership.
“I have taken a vow that I shall not return to my mutt till the government issues the 2A reservation certificate for the community,” said the seer.
Later, taking off from where he left off, despite being issued a notice by the BJP central leadership for embarrassing the CM, Vijayapura MLA Basangouda Patil Yatnal said he was not a person to cave in just because of some show cause notice.
“If someone thinks that they can shut Basangouda Patil then they will be forced to vacate their chair sooner than later,” chided Yatnal.
The former union minister was once again openly critical of CM Yediyurappa and told him to shut down his “Natak Company” (drama company)
“When I asked about the reservation status, I was told to go to Delhi for clearance from the centre. Why would I go to Delhi? If I want to secure OBC status for the Lingayats I will go to the centre. This is very much in the hands of the CM (to give 2A reservation). Stop this Natak company of yours (CM) by claiming that someone else has the keys to it,” he said.
Yatnal claimed that Yediyurappa remembered communities and castes only when he required them for his political gain.
“You (CM) have added your own castes and communities to the lists. I know your natak company,” said Yatnal to loud cheers .
From the government, ministers CC Patil and Murugesh Nirani tried their best to assure the community that CM Yediyurappa will ensure the reservation status but needs time to follow through.
“It should not be a situation wherein other communities find legal loopholes and start demanding similar reservation as that of the Panchamsalis. We urge the seers and the community to give the government and our CM time,” said Patil but to no avail.
However, all intentions of the two government representatives fell through as the community leadership said they were not going to budge from Bengaluru till the 2A certification is issued to them.
Led by former Congress MLA Vijayanand Kashappanavar, the community said it was not going to take another “eye wash” and said this was their last fight.
“Either the government issues the 2A certification or it will face a serious crisis on its hands,” he said.

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