SHIMOGA: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said here on Sunday it was heartening to note that Kannadigas and Tamils were living in peace and harmony in Karnataka.
Addressing a conference organised by the District Tamil Samaja, he said that Tamils, known for their hard work and sincerity, had been contributing immensely for the all-round development of Karnataka.
Deprecating the tendency to whip up linguistic passions over inter-State water and border disputes, he said that nothing should be done to disturb traditional cordiality among linguistic minorities.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said that there was nothing wrong for people belonging to linguistic minority groups to retain their identity, but it was equally important for them to mingle with local people.
Referring to the long-drawn controversy over the Cauvery water dispute among the riparian States, Mr. Yeddyurappa said, “How can we provide water to other States when there is not enough water”.
He said he was aware of the problems being faced by Tamils and that he would try to find solution to them after the Lok Sabha elections.
President of the samaja M. Rajasekhar, who presented a memorandum to the Chief Minister, read out the problems of local Tamils.
Minister for Energy K.S. Eshwarappa hailed the contribution of local Tamils to society. He emphasised the need for Tamils to get their children educated. Film actor Jaggesh, former Shimoga MP Ayanur Manjunath, MLA for Shimoga Rural constituency K.G. Kumaraswamy and Kadiresh spoke.
BJP candidate for Shimoga B.Y. Raghavendra appealed to Tamils to support him in the election. Roza Shanmugam, former president of the samaja, spoke about the activities of the samaj.