Mulabagil Congress MLA Kothur Manjunath has compared Dalits to shoes and said they are not even worth my shoes. The Dalit group had filed a case against MLA Manjunath that he had submitted fake caste certificate to contest the election.
"My shoes are worth Rs 50,000. Do they even have the ability to buy such costly shoes? They are not even worth the shoes I am wearing," he said. To this, the Karnataka Dalita Sanghatanegala Okkoota President V Narayanaswamy has stated that Manjunath should give the account of the surplus money he has earned to the government.
The Okkoota has filed a case that Manjunath does not belong to the Scheduled Caste community, but has used the tag just to contest in the election. He has allegedly submitted fake documents, certificates posing as a person from the SC community.
Giving details on the issue, Narayanaswamy said that Manjunath belongs to Baairagi community. But four years ago, while contesting elections, Manjunath had submitted a fake caste certificate and had claimed that he was from the SC community (he had specified that he was from Budga Jangama community).
Currently, Manjunath is the MLA of Mulbagal, where the seat is reserved for SC community. According to the Karnataka SC/ST and other Backward Classes, Directorate had stated, "The burden of proving that the candidate or his parent/ guardian belongs to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes shall be on the applicant."
According to the information obtained by Narayanaswamy in this regard, Tahsildar and his office have not issued any caste certificate to Manjunath. Thus the Okkoota has requested the Congress government to not give Manjunath a ticket to contest in the upcoming elections.
Despite the warning, if he is given a ticket, the Okkoota is all set to stage intensified protests.
However, the answer of Manjunath is a clear indication that he doesn't care about people as much as he cares about his shoes and money.