In a bizarre incident, a Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Chitradurga, A Narayanaswamy was denied entry to Gollarahatti village temple by members of Yadava community for hailing from a Dalit caste.
The incident took place on Monday in Pavagada taluk of Tumkur district in Karnataka when Narayanaswamy was visiting the area along with a group of doctors and officials of a pharma company. Gollarahatti is part of Narayanaswamy’s Lok Sabha constituency and he had visited the village to hear the various grievances of the villagers.
As soon as his car arrived, villagers stopped him and sought some benefits like drinking water and new houses. He replied that he had roped in companies to help residents. The residents let the representatives of the companies, including Biocon and Narayana Hridayalaya, in and stopped Narayanaswamy on the pretext that they had never allowed a member of Madiga community into their village in the past and do not want this rule to change.
Even after hours of trying to strike truce, the villagers didn’t relent. On this, the representatives of corporate companies, whom he had brought to the village to start welfare activities, were shocked to witness the same.
The deputy commissioner of the Tumakuru district has ordered an investigation into the incident.