The demand for division of the state will be buried after the Karnataka Assembly elections, minister for minor irrigation TG Venkatesh has said.
His remark came at a press conference here on Saturday in reply to a question posed by a journalist over speculation that the Centre might take a final decision on division of the state after the Karnataka Assembly elections. Claiming that the state would remain unified, Venkatesh said the Centre would give clear indications on maintaining the status quo with regard to the composition of the state.
On some Telangana Congress leaders making regular announcements that a decision granting statehood to the region was imminent, the minister, who hails from Kurnool, said that they were forced to make such statements fearing people’s wrath.
On some ministers expressing their disappointment at the announcement or launch of some welfare schemes by the chief minister unilaterally, Venkatesh said it was true that some of the ministers were not happy but it did not mean that they were all opposed to the implementation of the schemes.
They just wanted wide and deep consultations with all the ministers before implementing any scheme.