Sonia greeted with black flags
Congress supremo who is on a visit to Karnataka was greeted with black flags by the Madiga community who had been demanding reservation. Sonia is here to review the drought situation and also take part in the birthday celebrations of Shivkumar Swamiji of the powerful Siddaganga Mutt in Tumkur.
The Madiga community had led a delegation to New Delhi a month back and had sought reservation for their community. However they complained that despite an assurance nothing was done and hence they protested with black flags when Sonia visited the state.
However all eyes were on the birthday celebrations which Sonia attended today. Political observers said that her visit was more to garner support of the Lingayat community which holds the key to a major share of the votes in Karnataka. This vote share was enjoyed by the BJP all these years. However many in the Congress felt that Sonia’s visit to the mutt which is the abode for Lingayat’s in Karnataka could change the fortunes of the Congress.
Sonia during her address said that the Congress at the centre had implemented educational programmes to benefit all sects of society and added that it should be implemented everywhere. She also praised the seer (Shivkumar swamy) for his work in the field of education. We all should follow his path and the path laid down by him in the field of education has been followed by the Congress government. It is a privilege to congratulate swamiji and my pranams to him for showing us all light, she also added.
Sonia would also visit a village and review the drought situation in the state. She will meet a couple of people affected due to drought.