Bangalore, Jan 8: Union Minister of State for Labour Oscar Fernandes was today gheored and shown black flag by pro-Kannada activists who are agitating since last six days over the alleged discrimination against local candidates in recruitment of Group 'D' employees by Southwestern Railway. The agitators, who had assembled in front of Town Hall, gheroed the minister and waved black flags demanding the due for people of Karnataka in Indian railways. Police arrested about 50 activists after the car with Minister left the venue. Meanwhile Janata Dal (Secular) has expressed its solidarity with the ongoing agitation by pro-Kannada activists against alleged disparity in railway recruitment.
JD(S) General Secretary and Spokesman Y S V Datta, in a release here, complementing the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) for spearheading the agitation, said that the party would fully support the agitation and party workers would join the agitation from tomorrow.
Stating that there is need for a National Policy on Recruitment, he said that otherwise people from neighbouring States would get recruited and Karnataka people would be deprived of their rights.