CNC opposes separate Kodagu state

Council appeals for declaration of Kodava Land

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, the CNC President N U Nachappa said: “If Kodagu becomes a separate state, it will be advantageous to Kodagu, but not for Kodavas. Kodavas will benefit only if Kodava Land is declared.”

“Only the declaration of Kodava Land will give political freedom, internal autonomy, economic security, and protection to land and language. If this happens, the government cannot form rules and regulations on its own without consulting the Kodava members. If Kodava Land is recognised, Kodagu will continue to be in Karnataka, but it will get autonomy,” he said.

He further said, “If Kodava Land is recognised, Kodavas can form legislations by getting the approval from the Governor directly, but without demanding the Karnataka government.”

Besides, he said, they can also avail special grants from the Centre, with the consent of the President. The Vokkaligas and Lingayats of the State may oppose Kodagu as a state, but nobody can oppose Kodava land. If somebody opposes, he/she can be sued even in the International Court. The question of public opinion does not matter here, he added.

Criticising the elected representatives who are arguing for and against Kodava State, Nachappa said: “A politician always has care for his seat. Now, the people who are pressing for a separate state are none other than those who have already enjoyed power, and are looking for one more chance in the name of Kodavas. A diplomat always thinks for the entire land and the future but not his personal interests.”

“The CNC is acting as a diplomat and is trying to lead Kodavas in the right path. It will strive to find a permanent solution to the Kodavas’ problems,” he added.

Kaliyanda Prakash, Kokkalemada Manju, Pullera Kalappa, Pullera Swathi and Apparanda Venu were present at the press meet.

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