Gulbarga, Nov 1 (UNI) The Hyderabad-Karnataka Horata Samithi (HKHS) today threatened to intensify its agitation for separate statehood for the region, unless an amendment to Article 371 was made to accord special status to the most backward Hyderabad-Karnataka region.
HKHS President Viswanath Reddy Mudnal told reporters here that even after 40 years of formation of Karnataka state, the region was still reeling under poverty.
''As the region remained backward for the last four decades, the state should be bifurcated for a separate state'', he said.
Several small states like Goa, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand were achieving rapid development, he pointed out.
He said the HKHS would launch a political party on the lines of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and field 29 candidates in next Assembly election.