BANGALORE: The Congress appears to have informally kicked off it selection campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in the state.
A day after chief minister Siddaramaiah participated in a mammoth rally of the Nayaka community organized by excise minister Satish L Jarkiholi, the CM on Sunday took part in another caste-based rally organized by the backward classes federation involving nearly 100 BC communities. Interestingly, as a part of wooing young voters, AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi also held an interaction with the students on Saturday.
Siddaramaiah's networking with backward castes, which he belongs to, comes at a time when elections are round the corner and used the plank that Congress and social justice go hand-in-hand. "No other party in the country follows the social justice system like Congress. If a person like me belonging to Kuruba (Shepard) community can become chief minister, it is because of social justice principle followed by Congress party and its top leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi," he said addressing over a lakh crowd at Madavara near Nelamangala, outskirts of Bangalore.
The inauguration of the rally started formally by weaving symbolizing Devanga, a backward community, profession.
Siddaramaiah further said that persons like - S Bangarappa, M Veerappa Moily, N Dharam Singh -- belonging to backward caste had also become CMs earlier and all were from Congress. Appealing to people to vote for Congress, the CM accused the JD(S) and the BJP as communal parties.
Maintaining that his government was not for Ahinda (Kannada acronym for minorities, backward and dalits), but for poorer section of all the communities, the CM said he would make all the efforts to provide reservation proportional to the population of the SC/ST, OBCs and minorities.