Can acute shortage of water alone trigger the demand for a separate Statehood? According to a legislator from Kolar district, the gravity of the situation in the region can give rise to such a demand.

At an interaction programme, ‘Sadanadalli Nammavaru’ (our representatives in the legislature), here on Tuesday, D.S. Veeraiah, MLC, said the region (Kolar and Chickballapur districts) was known for supplying vegetables, milk and gold (in the past) to other places. However, the people here were facing acute shortage of drinking water. He wondered how people were keeping their cool in spite of reeling under such a grave situation.

“They should have revolted... the gravity of the situation is enough to give rise to the separate Statehood demand,” Mr. Veeraiah said, and appreciated the patience of the people here.

At the programme, organised by the district unit of the Karnataka Union of Working Journalists, MLAs and MLCs from Kolar district explained their role in raising water-related issues in the recently concluded budget session of the legislature.

The event witnessed an argument between Srinivasapur MLA and former Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar and Kolar MLA Varthur Prakash.

Upset by Mr. Prakash’s frequent remarks on him (Mr. Ramesh Kumar) not being a Minister in the Siddaramaiah Cabinet and that he himself (Mr. Prakash) would become a Minister after the Lok Sabha elections, the former Speaker took the MLA to task and said becoming a Minister was not everything in life.

Saying that the former Minister K.H. Ranganath, who led a simple life, was his model, Mr. Ramesh Kumar remarked: “Ministership is my foot. And if you are interested in it, you become a Minister. I don’t have any objection for it.”

Y.A. Narayanaswamy, MLC, and Y. Ramakka, KGF MLA, also spoke.

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