Dalit leader G Parameshwara accuses Congress of blocking rise of community in Karnataka, claims he was denied CM post thrice
Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara Sunday claimed that he has thrice been denied the chief ministerial post, as he belonged to Dalit community.
Speaking at a programme in Davangere, Parameshwara said that Basavalingappa also missed the chief ministerial post
The deputy chief minister said that his 'elder brother' Mallikarjuna Kharge also could not become the chief minister
Parameshwara alleged that some people wanted to suppress him politically
Bengaluru: Alleging that there were attempts by some in the Congress to block the rise of Dalit leaders, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara Sunday claimed that he has thrice been denied the chief ministerial post, as he belonged to the community.
Speaking at a programme in Davangere, Parameshwara, a Dalit, said, "Basavalingappa missed the chief ministerial post and so did KH Ranganath."
"My elder brother Mallikarjuna Kharge also could not become the chief minister.. I missed it thrice.. Some how after much dilemma they made me the deputy chief minister," said the deputy chief minister, alleging that some people wanted to suppress him politically.
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