Differences have cropped up between the BJP and the Congress over Article 371 J, which gives special status to the Hyderabad-Karnataka region.
On Saturday, senior Congress leader and Union minister for labour Mallikarjun Kharge slammed the state government for raising objections over the special status bill, which is coming before a parliamentary committee headed by BJP MP Venkaiah Naidu.
“The development is a setback for the Hyderabad- Karnataka region. While drafting, the central government had considered both the models of Vidarbha in Maharashtra and Telangana in Andhra Pradesh in order to come out with a fresh provision for the Hyderabad-Karnataka region,” Kharge said.
“I do not know what exactly the state government said before the committee. The state government had appealed for reintroduction of the special status bill in Parliament with an amendment,” he explained. Kharge said CM Shettar had been misguided about the issue.
Former chief minister N Dharam Singh also reacted strongly to the state government’s move for demanding reintroduction of the bill.
“There is no reason for despair. The bill granting special status to the backward region in the state will be passed and no one can stop it,” he explained.
Chief minister Jagadish Shettar clarified that the state government was not involved in preventing the bill from being implemented. “It is not a prestige issue for the party. We have been demanding the Centre that granting special status was not enough. They have to commit themselves for providing funds in the budget to take up development activities.”
Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) president V Dhananjay Kumar slammed MP Venkaiah Naidu for considering the plea of the state government regarding the reintroduction of bill. “We are shocked to know this. Is he for the development of the state or not?” he questioned. If the state government has issues it could be discussed in Parliament and they can get it done. The move of BJP is suspicious, he added.