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Article 371: youth hold the key, says Vaijnath

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Raising issues: The former Minister and president of the Hyderabad Karnataka Horata Samiti Vaijnath Patil speaking after inaugurating the seminar in Gulbarga on Monday.
Raising issues: The former Minister and president of the Hyderabad Karnataka Horata Samiti Vaijnath Patil speaking after inaugurating the seminar in Gulbarga on Monday.

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Activist firm on demand for statehood for Hyderabad Karnataka region

GULBARGA: The former Minister and president of the Hyderabad Karnataka Horata Samiti Vaijnath Patil has said that the youth have a key role to play in putting pressure on the Union Government to concede the long-pending demand to amend Article 371 of the Constitution.

Speaking after inaugurating a seminar on studying the provisions of Article 371 of the Constitution, organised by the Indira DWACWA Group, here on Monday, Mr. Patil said that it was the youth who changed the course of agitation demanding statehood for Telangana.

Alleged

He alleged that the main reason for the demand for statehood for Telangana was the faulty implementation of Article 371 and the failure of the Andhra Pradesh Government to provide reservation in appointments to different posts in corporations and boards of the State Government in the Telangana region.

President of the Hyderabad Karnataka Yuva Horata Samiti Raju Kulageri, in his address, said that he was firm in the demand for statehood for the Hyderabad Karnataka region as it was the answer to the problems faced by people in the region.

He said that merely extending benefits incorporated in Article 371 would not help find a solution to the problems of backwardness and regional imbalance in the Hyderabad Karnataka region.

Mr. Kulageri claimed, “History has proved that regions which were included under the provisions of Article 371 and where statutory status was accorded to the development board failed to develop.”

He added, “There is a demand not only for statehood for Telangana but also for Vidharbha where statutory status had been accorded to the development board.”

Mr. Kulageri said that all organisations should fight together to achieve positive results.

Representatives of different social organisations, including Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hyderabad Karnataka Yuva Horata Samiti and Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, participated in the workshop.

President of the Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry Umakant Nigudgi and president of the KRV Arunkumar Patil spoke on the occasion.

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