Karnataka CM Yediyurappa urges pro-Kannada activists to withdraw Dec 5 bandh call

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Po-Kannda groups led by Vatal Nagraj called for a bandh on December 5 against the Karnataka government's decision to allot Rs 50 crore for the Maratha Development Board in the state.

 

Speaking to media regarding the state-wide Bandh called by pro-Kannada activists on December 5,  Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday said that there is no need to call a bandh as it gives people an opportunity to cause inconveniences to others.

"There is no need for any kind of bandh as it gives people an opportunity to cause inconveniences to others”, CM said.

"With folded hands I appeal to them not to call for a bandh on December 5. If they go ahead, then I will be forced to act on them," he added.

Po-Kannda groups led by Vatal Nagraj called for a bandh on December 5 against the Karnataka government's decision to allot Rs 50 crore for the Maratha Development Board in the state.

He added that this is a welfare board for Maratha communities living in the state.

"Marathas are also Hindu followers. There is a difference between development of Marathi and Maratha. Maratha is a community and they are Hindus," he said.

He added that he will not tolerate imposition of any language other than Kannada.

"Our government's actions are very clear, we want to protect these vulnerable communities, therefore, the board was formed," he said.

Karnataka Leader of the opposition, Siddaramaiah too hit out at the schemes implemented by the Yediyurappa government for the benefit of Marathi-speaking people in Karnataka.

On Wednesday, Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah had slammed Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa for adopting a "divide and rule policy" by announcing the constitution of a Maratha development authority in the state.

"BS Yediyurappa as always is adopting divide and rule policy by establishing Maratha development authority. With only electoral benefits in mind, Yediyurappa is taking the unscientific route of establishing development bodies based on only castes," Siddaramaiah had tweeted.

 

With inputs from Agency

Image credit: The Indian Express
 

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