Staff Correspondent

HAMPI: Home Minister M.P. Prakash said the differences of opinion among coalition partners is not that serious as to destabilise the Government.

Responding to questions from presspersons here on Thursday, Mr. Prakash said that all issues would be discussed and sorted out in the coordination committee meetings.

He said that some people were commenting that more people from Bellary were chosen for the Ekikarna Award to commemorate the unification of the State and this had happened because (Prakash) was representing the district.

"Such comments, I feel, are made without proper knowledge of the history. Bellary was in the forefront during the unification movement and as a result of the peoples' struggle, Bellary district remained with Karnataka otherwise it would have been part of Andhra Pradesh," he said.

As for the selection of Vasudevachar, a Gandhian and Sarvodaya leader, who had passed away recently, Mr. Prakash said the selection committee was not aware of his death.

"The recommendations of the committee could be subjected to a change by the Government and inadvertent mistakes could be rectified. By oversight, we had omitted the name of Pattanshettru of Ramdurg in Belgaum district. Now his name has been included," he added.

Mr. Prakash did not comment on the controversy over the breaching of the Kothagere tank in Tumkur district stating that Chief Minister had already made a statement in this regard.

He welcomed the statement of K.S. Eshwarappa, Minister for Water Resources, that steps would be taken to find a permanent solution to the recurring problems in the Tungabhadra Canal.

Preparations

Earlier, Mr. Prakash went round Hampi to oversee the preparations for Hampi Utsav 2006, a three-day mega cultural festival of dance, drama and music beginning at Hampi from November 3.

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