DVS decries Katti's separatist cry

Last Updated 20 October 2012, 19:26 IST

Former chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda has demanded that Agriculture Minister Umesh Katti should apologise for hurting the sentiments of the people by raising the demand for a separate state. 

He told reporters on Saturday that Katti’s remark was “childish” and that it had hurt his sentiments and those of the public.

 “A responsible minister like Katti should not have made such a bizarre statement, specially at a time when the government has given maximum contribution for the development of Belgaum district in the last four years.

Belgaum had never received such huge funds in the last 60 years, except for the last four years. Hence, demanding a separate status is not acceptable,” he said.

Taking a dig at the statement of Katti, he said there was no separatist cry in the recent past and Katti’s statement would only revive the demand. As it is a very sensitive matter, Katti should withdraw his statement and apologise to the public, Gowda said.

Spl leave petition

When asked about the High Court order to the Bangalore Development Authority to act against him for violating rules by amalgamating his site with that of minister Jeevaraj, Gowda said he would decide on filing a special leave petition after consulting his lawyers.

“I am confident that I have not violated any rules and I will file my argument before the BDA. I am hopeful of getting justice,” he said.

(Published 20 October 2012, 19:25 IST)

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