The Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said that recommendations will be made to the Union Government to include Panchamasalis as OBC category and also to procure the swords of Kittoor Rani Chennamma and Sangolli Rayanna from England, reported Kannada Prabha.

Speaking at the Kittoor Rani Jayanthyutsava celebration in front of Vidhana Soudha on Monday, the Chief Minister said Lingayat Panchamasali community is primarily agriculturists and both Basava Jayamruthyunjaya Swamy and Lingayat Panchamasali Mahasabha members have appealed to recommend to Centre to declare them as OBC. It should first be referred to Backward Commission. Hence a letter will be written to the commission he said.

Rani Chennamma’s sword is in England and to bring it back the Foreign Affairs Minister must speak with England Government. Hence a letter will be written to Foreign Affairs Minister requesting to procure the swords of both rani Chennamma and Sangolli Rayanna from the British Library. He assured that Rani Chennamma Jayanthyutsava will be celebrated by the government every year.

Addressing former minister Murugesh Nirani who was on the dais Siddaramaiah said he was the first to develop Koodala Sangama when he was the finance minister during J H Patels’ term.  He had sanctioned Rs 50 crores, he said. CM and Nirani engaged in an argument as to who installed the Rani Chennamma statue in front of the Parliamentary. Nirani said it was Atal Vajapeyi but Siddaramaiah said it was installed in 2007 during UPA rule.