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Belgaum Session to discuss North K'taka problems

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Gulbarga, Sep 17: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today said the five-day Special session of the legislature beginning from September 25 in Belgaum will discuss the problems faced by the North Karnataka.

Talking to mediapersons here, he said it was a long pending demand of the people of North Karnataka region to hold Legislative session in Belgaum and Governor T N Chaturvedi has been invited to address the Joint Session.

Mr Kumaraswamy, who was here to participate in the celebrations of Hyderabad-Karnataka Liberation day, ruled out possibility of holding Assembly Session in Gulbarga. ''It is not possible to hold Assembly session in every district. However, efforts were being made to address the problems of all the regions.'' Replying to a question, he said the State Government would support the state wide bandh call given by various Kannada organisations on October 4 to mount pressure on the Centre over the border issue with Maharashtra.

Mr Kumaraswamy assured to include Hyderabad-Karnataka region liberation struggle in the school books to infuse patriotism in the minds of children Replying to a question, he said the government would take appropriate decision soon over renaming of Hyderabad-Karnataka Region as Kalyana-Karnataka Region.

Mr Kumaraswamy regretted that despite setting up of the Hyderbad-Karnataka Area Development Board (HKADB), the region had not witnessed any major development. Emphasising the need for developing the area, he assured to take up major irrigation projects in the region.

Explaining the steps taken by his government to develop the Region, he said the land needed for an Airport in Gulbarga has been made available and awaiting centre's approval.

Earlier, addressing a public meeting, Mr Kumaraswamy clarified that the Liberation Day was celebrated not to hurt the sentiment of a section of the people but only as a remembrance day. Mr Kumaraswamy, who was the first Chief Minister to participate in the Liberation Day function, regretted that despite setting up of the Hyderbad-Karnataka Area Development Board (HKADB), the region had not witnessed any major development. Emphasising the need for developing the area, he assured to take up major irrigation projects in the region.

Explaining the steps taken by his government to develop the Region, he said that land needed for Airport in Gulbarga has been made available and awaiting approval from the Centre.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa blamed the Congress leaders of the region responsible for backwardness. ''Despite enjoying the power for a long period, they have done nothing for the development of the area'', he alleged.

Later the Chief Minister inaugurated a Police Office Complex constructed at cost of Rs 3.22 Crores, which was the first Indian Green building in the Government Sector.

UNI

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