Karnataka delegation to meet PM on special status for backward region

Karnataka govt said that an all party delegation would meet PM and Home Minister to press for amendment to Article 371 of the Constitution to provide a special status for the backward Hyderabad-Karnataka region.

Updated: Mar 01, 2011, 16:02 PM IST

Bangalore: Karnataka government said on Tuesday that an
all party delegation would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
and Home Minister P Chidambaram to press for amendment to
Article 371 of the Constitution to provide a special status
for the backward Hyderabad-Karnataka region of the state.

Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa said he would consult
opposition leaders on the issue in a couple of days and an
all-party delegation, accompanied by Central ministers from
the state, would be taken to Delhi before the end of the
current session of Parliament.

"It`s a long-pending demand. There is no difference of
opinion between the ruling and opposition parties on the
issue", he said, adding, the aim of the delegation is to take
the matter to its "finality".

Yeddyurappa, responding to the issue raised by Nadagouda
Venkatarao (JD-S) during Zero Hour in the Legislative
Assembly, referred to similar amendment done in respect to
some neighbouring states, without mentioning Telangana in
Andhra Pradesh and Vidarbha in Maharashtra.

The Hyderabad-Karnataka region consists of Gulbarga,
Bidar, Raichur, Koppal and Bellary districts.

PTI