Separate statehood for North Karnataka not a solution, believes BS Yeddyurappa

Shivmogga | Former Chief Minister of Karnataka and BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa on Wednesday while criticising the growing demand of the separate statehood of North Karnataka said that such demand will not lead to any solution.

The Karnataka BJP chief further suggested that the current Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government should work towards the development of the state instead.

Several North Karnataka leaders accused the state government of having done injustice to the region in its state budget and demanded separate statehood came after

Speaking to media, Yeddyurappa said that “The state government should issue a white paper on the internal status of the state. People need to understand the situation of the state. This can explain the last government’s rule.”

“There is no consensus on the separate state demand. Nobody should talk about a separate state. If there is no development then fight and work for the development of Karnataka. A separate state is not a solution. It is wrong if any party claims it,” he added.

Earlier, criticising the state budget Senior Congress leader H K Patil wrote a letter to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. He accused the Chief Minister of ignoring the minorities in the budget.

Former Minister Patil stated that people in north Karnataka are disappointed with Congress-JD(S) coalition government’s first budget that had no new plans for the development of the region.

In its first budget, the Congress-JD(S) government announced Rs 34,000-crore farm loan waiver and price hike in fuel, power tariffs and excise duty on Indian-made alcohol.

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