New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar inspected the premises of Jantar Mantar for the protest, scheduled for February 7, against the alleged injustice being committed in the southern state
Speaking to the media, Shivakumar said that this is the Karnataka government’s protest. “It has no connection with the BJP or the Congress. The agitation will be taken up by the state government to draw the attention of the central government against the injustice.”
“All Congress MLAs, MLAs, MLCs and Rajya Sabha members are participating in the protest. Four to five MLAs have sought exemption citing their health conditions,” he said, adding adding that the time of the protest would be announced soon.
“I humbly request all 224 MLAs, 28 MPs, 75 MLCs, 12 Rajya Sabha members, including state central ministers, to participate in the protest,” Shivakumar said.
Asked if he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman after the protest, Shivakumar said, “What’s wrong? We have sought appointments and will explain the situation to them “.
When asked if all south Indian states are coming together to stage a protest, Shivakumar said, “At present, I am confined to Karnataka. It is about their rights. I have been told that the Kerala legislators will come on February 8 to New Delhi.”
On the Kerala Chief Minister’s statement that an invitation has been extended to 12 Chief Ministers, including Karnataka’s Siddaramaiah to participate in the protest against the Centre’s “step-motherly” treatment, Shivakumar said that the invitation “However, during the protest, our state assembly session will be on. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will respond to this further…”