The demands include 100 per cent reservation of jobs only for people from Karnataka in all state government departments and industries. They also say that union government departments in the state must recruit only those people from Karnataka who have studied Kannada in school. All banks - government and private - must recruit candidates who have studied Kannada in school, they add.
The groups also say that people should be considered citizens of Karnataka if they have lived in the state for 20 years and know Kannada.
He also called for the implementation of the decades-old Sarojini Mahishi report that had spoken of job reservation for Kannadigas and was submitted back when Ramakrishna Hegde was chief minister in the 80s.
A memorandum with these and other demands was also given to chief minister Siddaramaiah. Since the chief minister was out of town, it was accepted on his behalf by housing minister, M Krishnappa.
Mr Krishnappa defended the protesters when asked about the traffic jam caused by the procession. "Everybody has the right to protest. It is an issue regarding Kannadigas," he said, insisting it was not connected with the upcoming elections.
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