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Separate North Karnataka flag to be unfurled today

CM HD Kumaraswamy said that media would be held responsible if anything went wrong in future, president of the committee Somashekhar Kotambari asserted that he would leave no stone unturned to materialise the separate statehood dream.

New Delhi: A flag for the northern Karnataka will be unveiled on Tuesday in Belagavi city by the Separate State Agitation Committee, which has been demanding separate statehood for 13 districts of the region.

The move has drawn flak from the BJP and the ruling Janata Dal (Secular) with Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy accusing the media of flaring up the issue.

While CM Kumaraswamy said that media would be held responsible if anything went wrong in future, president of the committee Somashekhar Kotambari asserted that he would leave no stone unturned to materialise the separate statehood dream. Citing the negligence and apathy shown by the successive governments, Kotambari said that the unveiling of the flag would send out a message.

Somashekhar Kotambari, president of the committee, told that he would do everything required to make the separate state a reality. “For decades we have faced the apathy of governments concerned only with the development of southern Karnataka and have ignored this region. To send out a message that this is a committed agitation, we will unveil a north Karnataka flag,” he said.

The move initially received support from BJP MLA B Sriramulu. However, he later backtracked and stood by the claims of the unified state. State BJP president BS Yeddyurappa has also lashed out at protesters over the demand.
The issue has raised a storm with several outfits under the banner of Uttara Karnataka Pratyeka Rajya Horata Samiti calling for a day-long bandh in 13 districts of the region on August 2. The Samiti leaders also alleged discrimination in the allocation towards the region in the budget presented by Kumaraswamy on July 5 and also inadequate representation in the cabinet.
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