The 10-day winter session of Karnataka assembly is all set to begin on Monday. Border town of Belagavi will be the political hub of the state during the assembly session, reason enough for North-Karnataka related issues to be given prime importance and right on top of that list is the Mahadayi Row.
Keeping in mind the drought situation in the state, the government has taken austerity measures to cut down on expenditure for the winter session. Only 171 staffers are have been deputed as against 300 staffers last winter session. The legislators have also been asked to not bring their personal sceretaries along. Arrangements for transport, food and accomodation are being made only for official secretaries of legislators.
Keeping the upcoming assembly polls in mind, all parties are attempting to woo voters in North-Karnataka. JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy has even set up a residence in Hubli in a bid to expand voter base in the otherwise neglected part of the state.