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Demand for separate State unfair: Prakash

By Our Staff Correspondent

BELLARY, SEPT. 17. The Minister for Revenue, M.P. Prakash, opposed the demand for Statehood by north Karnataka and expressed confidence that a Bench of the Karnataka High Court would be set up in the region.

Responding to questions here today, Mr. Prakash said that it was not fair to place a demand for a separate State merely on the opinion of the Chief Justice.

Convinced

According to him, the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, had convinced the Chief Justice, N.K. Jain, of the need to establish a Bench in the north Karnataka region.

He said that the response for the demand for the division of the State was not very encouraging.

Mr. Prakash said that he was in favour of setting up the Bench, and if a decision was made to set up a circuit bench, then it should be established at two places.

Regarding the delay in appointing the Vice-Chancellor to the Kannada University, Hampi, he said that the process should be completed as soon as possible.

According to him, there was lot of political pressure over the issue and he hoped that the Chief Minister would take a decision in this regard immediately.

Mr. Prakash said that the D.M. Nanjundappa committee report on regional imbalances had created a lot of awareness about the level of development in north Karnataka.

He said that huge funds were required for the purpose and cited instances where works had already taken up for the development of the region.

Cabinet expansion

Mr. Prakash said that the process of expanding the Cabinet was on and it would be completed soon.

He denied that the model code of conduct, in view of the byelection from the Bidar Lok Sabha constituency, would come in the way of the Cabinet expansion.

Mr. Prakash was in the district to participate in a series of functions including the passing out parade of police constables and the distribution of prizes at the district-level sports meet at the District Stadium.

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