The protest march, to be taken out from Basavangudi to the Raj Bhavan is being organized by members of the dominant vokkalinga community.
Bengaluru | Congress leader DK Shivkumar on Tuesday appealed to his supporters to maintain peace and ensure that the public isn’t harmed, ahead of a massive protest march planned by the Vokkalinga community on Wednesday against his arrest in a money laundering case.
“I wholeheartedly thank leaders, supporters, well-wishers and friends who have organized a massive protest in my support tomorrow in Bangalore”, said DK Shivakumar.
“I humbly request that the protest be peaceful and doesn’t cause any inconvenience to citizens. Please ensure the public property isn’t harmed” a tweet from his official account read.
“I would like to reiterate that I have done nothing wrong and am a target of Vendetta politics. With the support and blessing that I am receiving from all of you, and my belief in God and our Judiciary, I have full faith that I will emerge victorious both legally and politically”, he added.
Several political leaders, including former prime minister HD Devegowda, Former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Mr. Shivakumar himself, belong to Karnataka’s dominant Vokkalinga community.
Members of their party, the Janta Dal-Secular(JDS), are likely to participate in the planned protest.
The police commissioner of Bengaluru, Bhaskar Rao, held a press conference to allay citizens’ fears. He said that several meetings have been held with the organizers.
The police have warned that any kind of damages to public or private property will be dealt under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.
Vokkalinga is a caste in Karnataka and dominant in the old Mysore region.
Many believe that the strategy by supporters of DK Shivakumar is to Bhartiya Janta Party(BJP) be seen as an anti – Vokkalinga party.