Karnataka Senapade hits out at govt over Maratha Development Board

Mysuru, November 18:- The state government move to set up the Maratha Development Board has been criticised by Kannada organisations. On Wednesday (Nov 18), it was the turn of Karnataka Senapade to protest against the government decision.

The protesters, who had gathered near the deputy commissioner’s (DC) office here, said “Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) volunteers are troubling Kannadigas living in the border district of Belagavi. Instead of taking concrete steps there, the state government is planning to set up the Maratha Development Board. It is nothing but vote-bank politics by the BJP government headed by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. It is a shameful act.”

They said, “Marathas have long been targeting Kannadigas. In the first place, who asked for the board. On Kannada Rajyotsava Day (Nov 1), MES counters it with ‘black day.’ The government is planning to release Rs 50 crore for the Maratha Board whereas it has released only Rs 5 crore for Kannada Development Authority. It is an insult to Kannadigas and their language. Do we have KDA in Maharashtra? If the same trend continues, Tamilians, Telugu, Malayalis and Gujaratis may also demand a board. The whole concept is meaningless. The Chief Minister should shelve the idea or resign and go.”

Senapade district president Tejesh Lokesh Gowda, Dr Shantharaje Urs, Vijayendra, Kumar Gowda, Prajeesh P Bangarappa, Dr Mogannachar, Mahesh N, S Chandru, Shanthamurthy, Darshan, Gowda, Sundarappa, Nanjundaswamy, Kaleem, Pradeep, Mahadevaswamy, Krishna and Bharath were present during the protest. (MR/KS)


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