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Karnataka got a raw deal: Kumaraswamy

Sees no point in taking all-party teams to Delhi

DONGAON (GULBARGA DT.): Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Wednesday charged the Union Government with giving preferential treatment to States such as Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh while neglecting the genuine demands of Karnataka.

Addressing presspersons here after a night halt at the Government Higher Primary School, Mr. Kumaraswamy said Karnataka’s interests continued to be affected. Its projects suffered due to the failure of the State to create a political pressure group at the Centre. He said the State had got a raw deal, whether it was clearance for irrigation projects or getting funds for providing relief to people affected by natural calamities. Compared to the assistance provided to Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, what Karnataka got as its share was very less, he said.

Replying to questions if he would lead an all-party delegation to New Delhi to seek amendment to Article 371 for providing reservation in education and jobs for people in the backward regions of the State, the Chief Minister said though several delegations were taken to Delhi, the Centre did not seem to be keen on conceding the demand.

Mr. Kumaraswamy said there was no point in taking delegations to Delhi as such an exercise had become ineffective. “There has been no impact on the Centre at all,” he said. To a question on power transfer, the Chief Minister said: “Wait till October 3. I will have answers to all your queries.”