PM's remark on communal violence in Karnataka not true: CM

PM's remark on communal violence in Karnataka not true: CM


"A few stray incidents have been blown out of proportion. These incidents were brought under control within 24 hours, which indicates the importance the state government accords to law and order," Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said.

His comments came in the backdrop of remarks by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that some states like Karnataka need to exercise greater vigil to maintain communal peace.

While addressing the Chief Ministers' meet on Internal Security on Monday, Singh had noted that "Karnataka, in particular, has witnessed a number of communal incidents this year. What is more worrisome is that the incidents were not limited to one or two districts".

Countering the remark, Yeddyurappa said he has brought to the notice of the Prime Minister and Home Minister P Chidambaram that this was "not true".

He said a meeting of Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Goa would be convened to find out an amicable solution to border and water disputes between these states.

The decision to hold the meeting comes in the wake of the recent unveiling of statues of two great poet saints Thiruvalluvar and Sarvajna in Bangalore and Chennai respectively.

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