Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa met President Pratibha Patil here on Thursday and sought, among other things, classical language status for Kannada.

The Chief Minister, who led a delegation of Ministers, MPs and prominent personalities, during his 30-minute meeting with her, pointed out that Karnataka had been urging the Centre for four years to grant such status to Kannada. The language had a history of over 2,000 years had and produced great classics. The Centre should give classical language status to the language on par with Sanskrit and Tamil, at the earliest, as Kannada lovers were agitated over the inordinate delay.

Later, Mr. Yeddyurappa met Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and sought his intervention to bring down the issue price fixed for petrol and diesel in Karnataka by the oil companies, which was higher than other States. He also sought a Rs. 8,500 crore special package for the infrastructure development of Bangalore during the 11th Plan and reimbursement by the Centre of Rs. 1,880 crore for farm loans waived by the State Government.