The Deccan Chronicle, today mentions and we quote Umesh Katti, Agriculture minister “By 2020, India is most likely to be divided into 50 states based on population, development and linguistic considerations. It is a fact that Bombay-Karnataka and Hyderabad Karnataka are different compared to the Old Mysore region – be it food, language or culture. The disparity is profound. Tungabhadra river clearly demarcates these two distinct regions. If and when the Centre finally decides to carve out a second state from Karnataka, Belgaum can be the capital.”
The DC further quotes Katti saying “The backward districts of North Karnataka need better infrastructure, connectivity, industries, education and employment. By creating a second power centre, things will move faster. For instance, Dharwad High Court is a boon to this region as it has cut down travel and accommodation costs of litigants and helped them overcome language barrier. We will hold a week-long winter session here when issues pertaining only to Bombay-Karnataka and Hyderabad -Karnataka regions will be discussed. Eventually, we will move departments like sugar, textiles and fisheries to Belgaum. Transport, education and police (catering to the north Karnataka region) will also be housed in the Soudha.”
Umesh Katti is the district incharge minister for Belgaum as well. With this Katti has initiated a new debate on dividing the state into two and making Belgaum the capital of the new state. Political analysts would aptly put this as a case of too much hurry as the case regarding to Belgaum is in the Supreme court.