Agriculture minister in charge of Belgaum district Umesh V Katti has again said that a separate state be made as North Karnataka which will include Goa and Kolhapur as part of the new state along with Gulbarga, Belgaum and Bidar. The minister had made similar statements of statehood before the inauguration of the Suvarna Vidhan Soudha. He also said that let any government come but he only will be the district incharge minister for Belgaum.
The minister justified his stand that as by 2020 about 50 states are likely to be made in the country the demand for this separate Belgaum state is fairly justified.
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. Suresh Kumar has disapproved of the statement of Umesh Katti in favor of statehood for North Karnataka.
The KRV burnt effigy of the Umesh Katti saying this act is of dividing the nation.