K'taka Govt gives ultimatum to Centre to solve problem

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Bangalore, Oct 20 (UNI) The BJP Government in Karnataka today gave a three-day 'ultimatum' to the Union Government to meet the demands of the state, including classical status to Kannada language.

Speaking to mediapersons here, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said if the Centre continued to postpone its decision to accord classical status to Kannada and special status to backward Hyderabad-Karnataka region, all the Legislators and Members of Parliament belonging to the State would stage a dharna at Rajghat in New Delhi.

The Centre was neglecting the State in several aspects and its adamant attitude in not according the classical status to Kannada would not be tolerated anymore, he warned.

Mr Yeddyurappa said, ''If the Centre fails to come out with suitable orders to fulfil the above two demands, we will be left with no option but to stage a dharna at Rajghat to draw the Centre's attention''.

The Chief Minister said, if the demands were not met within three days, he would lead a delegation of all MLAs and MPs to New Delhi.

''First we will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and if he fails to do justice, we will stage a dharna at Rajghat till our demands are met,'' he added.

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