Staff Correspondent

Madikeri: The former Ministers and legislators hailing from Kodagu and local leaders of the Congress party will take up issues such as “bane” land, with senior party leaders in Bangalore on July 24, president of the Kodagu District Congress Committee Veena Achaiah has said.

Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, she said that the delegation would meet the former Chief Minister, Dharam Singh, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Mallikarjun Kharge and the former Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, to urge them to find a solution to Kodagu’s problems including conferring of tree rights and tackling of elephant menace.

Ms. Achaiah took exception to the act of two senior leaders from Kodagu, who met Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, on Wednesday to discuss the district’s problems. It would negate the cause espoused by the newly formed Kodagu Asthitva Horata Samiti, she said.

‘Bangalore Chalo’

The Kodagu Congress would extend full support to “Bangalore Chalo” programme to be organised by the samiti on July 30, if some of the immediate demands of the people of Kodagu were not met by July 25. The Congress would be forced to organise protests in front of the Vidhana Soudha if the problems were not solved in the ongoing Assembly session.

The Congress delegation from Kodagu would also demand the Centre to release additional calamity relief funds to Kodagu since the district had been battered in the recent rain. Mangalore MP and State BJP president D.V. Sadananda Gowda had also neglected the interests of the people of Kodagu. If the “neglect” continued, people of the district might be forced to take to the streets to fight for justice, she said.

The former Minister Suma Vasant said that the two “controversial” circulars issued by Principal Secretary, Revenue, could be withdrawn if Mr. Kumaraswamy and Revenue Minister Jagdish Shettar made up their minds on what was to be done.