75 per cent of the jobs to the locals has been one of the poll promises made by Jagan which indeed helped him chase his CM chair dream. The party also promised to pass a new law to ensure that the locals are given preference in both public and private jobs in the state. But seems like the promise which didn’t even take shape has now left the relation between the two states into oblivion. Directly affecting almost 25 lakh Telugu people who set their roots in Karnataka, Jagan has now discursively triggered new threats in the most-welcoming state in India.
It is to the known fact that various pro-Kannada outfits led by Karnataka Sanghatanegala Okkuta called for state bandh demanding 75 per cent job reservations to Kannadigas in the state in both the private and public sector. This is indeed an open fact that the agitation triggered by Jagan’s 75% quota. As a result, tensions ran high in the most-Telugu populated areas in Karnataka like Tumakuru, Chitradurga, Ballari, Koppal, Raichur, Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Kolar, Chikkaballapur and Bidar. According to the information from the trusted sources, activists from a couple of pro-Kannada outfits specifically targeted Telugites by vandalising their properties.
It was reported that the bus which belongs to AP Tourism was vandalised by the protestors at Mangalore. The activists were seen pelting stones at the buses which belong to Andhra Pradesh which has now become a challenge for the Karnataka police. Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have had a historical and cultural connection with each other while Bangalore Urban and Rural, have 49% and 65% Telugu-speaking population respectively. However, nothing seems to be same with the new agitations. On this note,a few of the political analyst suggested both the governments to gear up and hold talks, before situation grip out of control.