Forum shifts focus to Delhi

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Hubli,Karnataka, Jan 20 (UNI) A meeting of Members of Parliament convened by Karnataka Development Forum Chief and veteran journalist Patil Puttappa here today resolved to meet again at New Delhi on March 3 to chalk out a future course of action for the development of the state and its people.

Attended by MPs Prahlad Joshi (Dharwad), Suresh Angadi (Belgaum), Gaddigoudar (Bagalkot) and Karunakar Reddi (Bellary), the meeting also heard suggestions from pro-Kannada agitators.

Pandemonium prevailed for some time when two Kannada Rakshana Samiti activists made some remarks against MPs from the state and threatened them.

The meeting continued after the activists were sent out. The MPs asserted they did strive for the betterment of Kannadigas and the state and would continue to do so in future also.

They categorically said they met Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, his deputy and Railway Board Chairman in connection with recruitment of Kannadigas for vacancies in 'D' category.

The MPs also agreed to even meet the Prime Minister to hold railway recruitments on a single day throughout the country to help aspirants attend interviews in their respective states, since reservation for those from a particular state was not possible according to the Supreme Court directions.

The meeting also decided to call on Karntaka Governor in connection with Hubli-Ankola Railway Line pending due to alleged negligence of the officials from the state.

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