The MLCs of Teachers' Constituencies continued their strike for the second day pressing for various demands including discrepancies in appointment and wage hike of teachers. They alleged that the Minister for Education Tanveer Sait is not responding to their requests and is instead threatening them.
The MLCs stressed that they would not stop their protest until their demands are met, reported Kannada Prabha. Under the leadership of Basaaraja Horatti and Deputy Speaker Maritibbegowda, members of all three parties including Congress member Matturu, are holding a dharna near the Gandhi statue at the Vidhana Soudha.
Minister Tanveer Sait had a meeting with the MLCs in the morning and requested them to stop their protest. But the protesters did not agree to him and instead requested to arrange a meeting with the Chief Minister which led to a mild tussle between the minister and the MLCs.
Speaking to media persons, later, Basavaraja Horatti said the Minister threatened them to vacate the place. He said the minister threatened them saying "You people either vacate the place or I know what to do to you.”
Meanwhile, Puttanna of JD(S) said that Sait must resign immediately or else he would expose his scandals.
Later, in the evening, Sait met the protesters again and tried to convince them to give up. Though the protesters did not budge from their demands., the minister was seen joking and laughing with the MLCs.
The Chief Minister has called for a meeting with the MLCs at his office Krishna on Sept 15. All the 13 protesting MLCs, Minister Basavaraja Rayareddy, Minister Tanveer Sait, and senior officials of both the departments will be present at the meeting.