Demands special status in education and employment for the region
The Hyderabad Karnataka Horata Samiti, which took out a Janajagruti Jatha from Koppal, has decided to intensify its stir to demand amendment of Article 371 of the Constitution to provide special status in education and employment to the Hyderabad Karnataka region.
Participating in the Janajagruti Samavesha held here on Tuesday as part of the jatha, K.B. Shanappa, Rajya Sabha member, said the Hyderabad Karnataka region would remain backward as long as the Centre did not initiate action to amend Article 371. But Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram was adamant on not conceding the long-pending demand of the people of the region, he regretted.
‘No change in attitude'
He said the Centre, which had given special status to Telangana of Andhra Pradesh and Vidarbha of Maharashtra long ago, had refused to consider the demand of the people from Hyderabad Karnataka. There had been no change in the attitude of the Centre even after people of this region had been agitating for so long, he said. .
He recalled that in a recent Rajya Sabha meeting, he had drawn Mr. Chidambaram's attention to the need to amend Article 371 in order to achieve overall development of the Hyderabad Karnataka region. But he refused to consider the demand without any valid explanation.
“The situation might force people of this region to intensify their stir and continue their fight until the Centre concedes their demand,” he said.
N. Shankarappa, MLC, said the Centre was well aware that the Hyderabad Karnataka region was still backward in all aspects.
“The Centre will not consider the demand unless people of this region unite and resort to intensive agitations. Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has decided to lead the agitation in order to bring pressure on the Centre,” he said.
Raghavendra Kustagi, one of the conveners, said the jatha had received good response from the public all along its journey.