'TN govt should ensure security for Kannadigas'

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Tuesday the Tamil Nadu government should ensure security to the Kannada-speaking people in that state, following threats from a section of Jayalalitha supporters.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of janata darshan, he said ensuring security to all people was the responsibility of a state government. “The Karnataka government has been ensuring security to all. In the same way, the Tamil Nadu government should provide security to the Kannada-speaking people in that state,” he added.

The State government has no role in the Jayalalitha case. Everything is being done as per the Supreme Court direction. The case will not have any bearing on inter-State relationships, he said.

On a suggestion from JD(S) leader H D Deve Gowda that the State government should take steps to shift Jayalalitha from Karnataka to prevent any law and order problem, Siddaramaiah said it was not proper on the part of the State government to do so. The government has to follow the directions of the Supreme Court, he said.

Law Minister T B Jayachandra said the DA case against Jayalalitha was not a dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. “It is a dispute between two individuals.

Karnataka has no role in this case and neither is it a party to it. The case was transferred to Karnataka based on the Supreme Court decision, citing law and order problems,” said the minister.

Jayachandra said the government cannot seek the transfer of Jayalalitha’s case to Tamil Nadu unless the present appeals are disposed of.

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