Denied Chief Minister’s Post Thrice Since I’m Dalit, Says G Parameshwara

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, who has been opposing former chief minister Siddaramana’s domination in the state Congress politics, from the beginning, has openly raises his discontent with the party leadership alleging that he was denied the post of chief minister three times because he belongs to a Dalit community.

Stating that other tall Dalit leaders also were denied crucial portfolios or ranks, the Pradesh Congress Committee president admitted that “I reluctantly accepted the deputy CM’s post, which I was not interested in.”

He also had named the names of veteran Dalit leaders in the state PK Basavalingappa and KH Ranganath, who were missed the chief minister post. “Current  sitting MP from Kalaburagi Mallikarjun Kharge also couldn’t become CM. I missed it thrice. Somehow, I was made deputy CM,” he added.

Moreover, he added that Dalit leaders are being discriminated at the government level too.  Even though reservation is facilitated,  he accused that there has been injustice in promotions. Referring to atrocities towards Dalits in the state, he said that seven government officials, who were demoted earlier, committed suicide.

It was reported that he and Social Welfare Minister Priyank Kharge seem to have taken upon themselves the task of securing justice for government employees, who were given demotion after the Supreme Court struck down the state government legislation.

“Seven people committed suicide after the SC struck down our legislation. That’s why we have started taking corrective measures. Within a week, we will implement the new law. Our government will come out with rules next week to implement reservation in promotions”, Parameshwara added.

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