The former Minister Basavaraj Rayaraddi on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had given in-principle approval to the draft Bill for amending Article 371 of the Constitution according special status to Hyderabad Karnataka region.

Speaking to presspersons, he suggested that Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda take an all-party delegation to New Delhi to bring pressure on the Prime Minister for expeditious tabling of the Bill in Parliament.

He advised Mr. Sadananda Gowda and the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa not to criticise the Union Government unnecessarily on the issue.

He blamed the former Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani for rejecting a request from Karnataka for considering its demand for special status to Gulbarga Division in his letter on November 22, 2002, which the BJP leaders had kept a secret.

Dr. Manmohan Singh, according to Mr. Rayaraddi, had, in his letter to Mr. Yeddyurappa on January 12, 2009, said that it (demand for amendment) was reconsidered as requested by the State Government citing recommendations of the High-Power Committee for Redressal of Regional Imbalances, headed by D.M. Nanjundappa. In view of this, the Union Government was ready to constitute development boards on the lines of the ones in Maharashtra, which will benefit 114 backward taluks, including those in the old Mysore region, he said.

But, there would be no regional reservation under this arrangement, he clarified.

Mr. Rayaraddi said that the Union Government was willing to bring in an amendment Bill in the winter session of Parliament, but due to the Opposition dharna, it could not be taken up.

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