Eight-time MLA Umesh Katti and Senior BJP leader kicked up a row on Friday demanding a separate statehood to North Karnataka as he cited lack of development in the region and inadequate relief to the victims of the recent floods.
Speaking to media persons at Hukkeri, Katti said, I am the Chief Ministerial candidate of the state. I don’t like the Deputy Chief Minister’s post. It is only a namesake post. I will become the Chief Minister of Karnataka or separate Uttara Karnataka state, one day for sure.
Laying the “road map of his dream state” of North Karnataka, Katti said it would include 13 districts from Karnataka and four from the neighboring Maharashtra, where there is a seizable presence of Kannada speaking public.