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.