Karnataka BJP MLA Sriramulu calls for separate 'North Karnataka' state

Taunting the Congress for dividing people in North Karnataka as Lingayats and Veerashaivas, he said that earlier religion divided the state and now the government is dividing the state.

Published: 27th July 2018 07:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th July 2018 07:03 PM   |  A+A-

Molakalmur MLA B Sriramulu (Photo | Twitter | B Sriramulu)

By Express News Service

Molakalmur MLA B Sriramulu has warned the Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy that he might be forced to support the call for separate North Karnataka if he continues to neglect North Karnataka region.

Speaking to reporters, he said that the Chief Minister continues to discriminate among the people of North and South. "He is frequently taunting the farmers, people and language and is indirectly trying to divide the state. This is nothing but a revenge politics, because his party failed to make its mark in North Karnataka," he said.

Pointing out to the Chief Minister's statement against the Koppal farmers agitation, where he is allegedly said to have told them that they have sold their votes, he said, "People of North Karnataka do not sell themselves. You are not a Chief Minister for only four districts. You have ignored us in the budget. You have gone to the extent of saying that where there are no JD(S) workers there are no facilities."

He said that the Government after announcing the loan waiver has not issued a notification in this regard, but has gone to the extent of questioning the farmers how come JD(S) did not come to their minds while casting their votes.

"No Chief Minister has behaved in this manner. Before elections you used to say that you will die if you do not become a Chief Minister, now your Government is inactive. You are just focusing on Hassan, Ramanagara, Mandya. You have neglected Coastal region and North Karnataka, just because they voted for BJP," he blamed.

Taunting the Congress party for dividing people in North Karnataka as Lingayats and Veerashaivas, he said, "Earlier the religion was divided and now (the coalition government) is dividing the state."

Mocking at the government's way of functioning, he said, "Vidhana Soudha and Vikasa Soudha have become hub for middlemen and Kumaraswamy sheds tears, while his former trusted aide Jameer Ahmed Khan says, he uses Vicks to shed tears."

He warned the Chief Minister that if there is no change in his approach, he will definitely back the demand for separate statehood as it was done in Telangana.

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