‘Cry for separation is the result of government’s failure’

Pundalik Halambi, president of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat, said on Saturday that the real purpose of unification of Karnataka could be achieved only when all districts of the State got equal opportunities for development.

Speaking after the inauguration of the 79th Kannada Sahitya Sammelan here, he said several districts, including Bijapur, were still backward which needed more funds and attention from the government for their development.

He said that a number of activists, and writers such as Ko. Channabasappa strove for the unification of the State.

However, the purpose of the exercise had not been achieved as many districts, mainly of north Karnataka region, could not progress on par with other districts.

Criticising politicians who had sought formation of a separate north Karnataka State, Mr. Halambi felt that such demands would undermine the spirit of activists who dedicated their life for the unification of the State.

He, however, stated that such demands were the result of the failure of the government to treat equally all districts of the State.

“The best way to suppress such demands is to provide equal opportunities and a level-playing field to all the districts of the State,” Mr. Halambi said.

He expressed happiness over the Union government according special status to Hyderabad-Karnataka region under Article 371 of the Constitution and thanked political leaders and the elected representatives for it.

On the Cauvery issue, Mr. Halambi urged the State government to make every effort to ensure that the Centre did not notify the final award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal.

“Since the decision of the Tribunal was against the interests of Karnataka, the government should see to it that the interests of the people of Karnataka are protected,” he said.