Hubballi: As many as 24 organisations under the banner of Uttara Karnataka Horata Samiti are all set to hoist the separate flag of North Karnataka in front of Suvarna Soudha in Belagavi on Tuesday.
More than one hundred seers are expected to take part in the dharna on this occasion at the new legislative building. Addressing mediapersons in Belagavi on Monday, Samiti president Bhimappa Gadad said that they have kept the flag ready and it will be unfurled if they do not get a written assurance from the government on setting right the regional imbalance. Asserting that their immediate priority is not to seek a separate state, but the redressal of regional imbalance, he warned that the movement for statehood will be intensified if the demand is not met.
Urging the government to shift various departments to Suvarna Soudha, he said that his organisation had conducted a survey by launching a signature campaign in the region to collect the opinion of people and 90 per cent of them had sought separate statehood.
“We feel jealous after seeing the development projects sanctioned for South Karnataka. The government has only sanctioned projects like thermal power plants for North Karnataka that have a detrimental impact too on the environment. The recent Budget presented by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy too has failed provide justice to our region as it has focused only on the old Mysuru region,” Gadad said....