Karnataka BJP President B S Yeddyurappa on Monday alleged that the JDS was responsible for stoking the demand for separate North Karnataka state to strengthen its base in southern parts of the state.
“The JDS knows it cannot win elections and taste power, if the state is united, as it has a presence only in some pockets of South Karnataka,” he said. The former Chief Minister said he would be visiting Belagavi on Tuesday to request some outfits to give up the separate statehood demand for North Karnataka.
Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has reportedly blamed BJP for fuelling the issue after realising its futility to get them political dividends.ALSO READ | Assam NRC: Government did tardy job, must move swiftly to resolve crisis: Rahul Gandhi
Former chief minister Siddaramaiah had on Sunday said the demand for separate statehood for the region was being made by people who have not understood the meaning of a unified Karnataka.