Former Chief Minister and JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said on Tuesday that the movements launched by various communities demanding reservation had lost their direction.
Talking to journalists in Mysuru, he called upon those in power to understand the limits of law and past experiences. He said that the politicians who started the campaign have now brought religious leaders to the forefront.
“Even after 75 years of independence, many micro communities with no voice have not got reservation. Like big fish that eat small fish, large communities have swallowed small communities, ”Mr. Kumaraswamy said.
Regarding his stand on the demand for reservation for Vokkaligas, Mr. Kumaraswamy said that the issue has not been discussed with him. However, a minister in the BJP government met his religious head along with community leaders and submitted a memorandum to the government seeking to increase the quota.
In the meeting of Vokkaliga leaders, who are now in the 3A category, which has 4% reservation, there was a demand to increase the quota to 10%. “We will have to wait and see how the government responds,” he said.
He said that the Kuruba community, which is part of the 2A category, which has 15%, had sought to join ST, which has only 3% reservation. “We will have to wait and see if the 10% increase demanded by Vokkaliga will be in the same category or any other category,” he said.