A delegation of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the organisations fighting for the amendment of Article 371 of the Constitution under the leadership of the former Minister Vaijnath Patil will meet the Chief Minister on November 28 or 29 to demand the withdrawal of the letter to the Union government objecting to some of the provisions in the Bill to amend Article 371 of the constitution. .

Addressing a joint press conference in Gulbarga on Monday, Mr. Patil, who is also president of the Hyderabad Karnataka Horata Samiti; Umakant Nigudgi, president of the Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Laxman Dasti, president of the Hyderabad Karnataka Pradeshada Horatagala Samanvaya Samiti; and others said the JAC had also convened a meeting of legislators and MPs of the Hyderabad Karnataka region in Bangalore on November 28 to discuss the fallout of the letter, and the objections raised by the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs, to the draft amendment Bill.

Mr. Patil said the legislators and MPs from the region would also join the delegationand press for the withdrawal of the letter and to request the Central government to go ahead with the amendment. To a query, Mr. Patil said the State government, instead of objecting to some provisions in the Bill, should have suggested changes to it.

He said if the State government and the BJP had any exception to the provision of Governor being given powers to monitor the expenditure and functioning of the proposed development board, they could have moved a resolution in Parliament.

Nayak’s warning

Yadgir Correspondent reports: Minister for Small-Scale Industries Narasimha Nayak has threatened to resign if the Bill for amendment of Article 371 of the Constitution is not passed during the winter session of Parliament.

Talking to presspersons in Yadgir on Monday, Mr. Nayak said the State government is ready to discuss the issue with Mr. Naidu. He said Mr. Shettar would be meeting the MPs and Opposition leaders in both the Houses to request them not to oppose the proposal for amendment of Article 371. The Ministers from the Hyderabad Karnataka region will accompany the Chief Minister to Delhi. Mr. Nayak said there was a need to include a few points in the proposed amendment.

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