Special Correspondent

It will take out a jatha from Mangalore to Kasaragod

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    GULBARGA: The Karnataka Rakshana Vedike will be taking out a jatha from Mangalore to Kasaragod on October 9 demanding the merger of Kasaragod in Kerala with Karnataka and in protest against Kerala's attempts to close down Kannada-medium schools in Kasaragod.

    Vedike president K. Narayan Gowda said his organisation was not limiting its agitation to the protection of Belgaum, which has been claimed by Maharashtra, but would also take up problems faced by people living in border areas in other parts of the State.

    He said the only permanent answer to problems faced by people in the border areas was the implementation of the recommendations of the Mahajan Commission and a change in the attitude of the State Government in promoting development activities and industrialisation in the border districts to create more jobs.

    Mr. Gowda said successive governments in the State had failed in developing the border areas.

    He said the vedike had been successful in protecting the interests of Kannadigas in places such as Kolar district, which was dominated by Telugu- and Tamil-speaking people, and Bellary district, where Telugu was the predominant language. Even in Raichur, the vedike had launched several agitations to protect the interests of Karnataka and Kannada.

    About the special session of the legislature in Belgaum, Mr. Gowda said the expectations of the people of the State, particularly the people of North Karnataka, had been belied and legislators had spent more time in raising petty issues and making allegations and counter-allegations.

    He said the Belgaum session had failed to send a strong signal to both the Centre and Maharashtra on the border dispute. Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy had repeatedly said before the session that a strong message would be conveyed to the Centre about its biased attitude towards Karnataka in dealing with the border dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra.

    Appealing to the public and the business community to wholeheartedly support the October 4 bandh called by pro-Kannada organisations, he said the success of the bandh would send a strong signal to the neighbouring States that attempts to lay claim to areas in Karnataka would not be tolerated.

    Criticises Government

    He criticised the State Government for not initiating criminal action against Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R.R. Patil, who made a provocative speech at the convention organised by the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti in Belgaum. The State Government should have, in the first place, banned the entry of Mr. Patil into Belgaum as it did in the case of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia.