BS Yeddyurappa, state BJP president and leader of the opposition in the assembly, said granting North Karnataka separate statehood won't solve its problem of slowness. Speaking when felicitating achievers at the 84th Akhila Bharat Kannada Sahitya Sammelana here on Sunday, Yeddyurappa said all Kannada-speaking areas were unified into Karnataka when years of struggle and sacrifice. He said dividing the state up are going to be disastrous. The welfare of Karnataka lies in it being a unified state, he said, because it not solely could be a unification of geographical regions, but also of people and their sentiments.
“It is an associate secret that North state has remained backward, but this could not be a platform to demand separate statehood,” Yeddyurappa said. “The government ought to feel the heartbeat of people and specialize in comprehensive development. The BJP government had doled out large chunks of funds for the event of backward regions. The coalition government ought to build similar efforts.”
He said the govt. ought to especially specialize in farmers, laborers and therefore the underclass to make sure they become self-reliant. “To facilitate farmers, unfinished irrigation comes ought to be completed on a priority basis,” Yeddyurappa said. “More than 150 taluks are declared drought-hit and measures should be taken to fill tanks and ease the drinking water crisis.”