Karnataka Brahmins oppose Govt’s move to upgrade EWS quota for Lingayats and Vokkaligas, threaten stir

Chief Minister of Karnataka Basavaraj S Bomma [Photo: Twitter/BSBommai]

Bengaluru: A Brahmin body from Karnataka Akhila Brahmana Mahasabha, has opposed the state government’s plan to use the quota for economically weaker sections to fulfil the reservation demands of the Lingayat and Vokkaliga communities.

Mahasabha president Ashok Harnahalli called upon Brahmins to unite against the government’s “anti-Brahmin” policy and organise peaceful protests across the state, Decan Herald report said.

In a video statement, Harnahalli, a former advocate-general, said that the Brahmin community cannot accept the state government’s plan. “Brahmins are already upset with the fact that the state government has delayed the implementation of 10% EWS quota by two years and even before it is being implemented, the state government is planning to add more communities into this category,” he said.

Last month, the Basavaraj Bommai-led government accepted an “interim report” submitted by the backward classes commission in the state, for upgrading the categorisation of Lingayats and Vokkaligas in the other backward classes (OBC) reservation.

Tthe Cabinet decided to create two new reservation categories: the Vokkaligas who come under Category 3A will be placed under the new Category 2C. The Veerashaiva-Lingayats, under Category 3B now, will be put in Category 2D. The existing Categories 3A and 3B will be done away with. Their reservation will continue as earlier – 4% for Vokkaligas under Category 2C and 5% for Lingayats under Category 2D.

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