Karnataka CM to head all-party delegation to Delhi

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Bangalore, Jul 1: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Tuesday, July 1, said he would head an all-party delegation to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday, July 2 in connection with various demands of the state, including supply of fertilisers, special status to Hyderabad-Karnataka region and classical status to Kannada.

Addressing a farmers' meeting as part of pre-budget excercise, Mr Yeddyurappa said the delegation would meet the Prime Minister and Finance Minister P Chidambaram to exert pressure on the Centre to pay heed to the state's demands. ''There is a lot of confusion about the availability of fertilisers in the state. I will apprise the Prime Minister of the situation and urge him to ensure supply of fertilisers and seeds at the earliest,'' he added.

Stating that the state government was helpless in this regard, he sought the cooperation of the farmers till the supply was normalised.

He said the delegation would also urge the Centre to reimburse Rs 1,750 crore to the state as part of the farm loan waiver scheme introduced by the state government.

Mr Yeddyurappa said the state government was committed to protecting the interests of farmers and would incorporate their suggestions in the coming budget, to be presented by him on July 17.

Advocating for organic farming, he sought the opinion of the agriculture experts and scientists in popularising the system in the state.

UNI

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