Yeddyurappa promises removal of Regional imbalance

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Bangalore, May 30 (UNI) The new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka will strive hard to bring pressure on Union government to accord special status under article 371 of the Indian constitution to Hyderabad-Karnataka region.

Addressing newspersons after chairing the first-ever cabinet meeting of the new government, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said that extra efforts will be made in this direction.

Mr Yeddyurappa said that the state government was committed to protect the interests of the state's resources, land and its language and would seek the Centre to accord Classical status to Kannada language, on the line of Tamil in Tamil Nadu.

Referring to poll promise with regard to free supply of power to farmers, Mr Yeddyurappa announced that there will free power upto 10 Horse Power irrigation pump sets with certain conditions. The immediate priority before the government was to double the power generation in two years.

"The state government will set a target of generating over 10,000 MW in two years with the active private participation," he said.

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