Ballari, Sep 21: Karnataka's Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's proposal of carving out a new district called 'Vijayanagara' on bifurcating Ballari district, was strongly opposed by Ballari district Horata Samiti here on Saturday.
In a joint press meet called by the Ballari Horata Samiti leaders like Kuditini Srinivas, Tapal Ganesh Mekal Eashwar reddy, Siddram Kalamath said that the development is being seen as a tactical move by CM Yediyurappa to promote Anand Singh (now disqualified MLA) as a counterweight to Health minister B Sriramulu and Reddy brothers--G Karunakara Reddy and G Somashekara Reddy.
The decision of division of Ballari district has met with stiff opposition from prominent leaders within the BJP. Minister for Health and Family Welfare B Sriramulu and MLA of Ballari city G Somashekhara Reddy have opposed the proposal vehemently.
Kannada Sahitya Parishath District president Siddaram Kalamath said that for carving new district from Ballari, the government not collected public opinion from the 11 taluks of the District.
The BJP Leader Shasikala gave a proposal of renaming Ballari as Vijayanagar instead of carving new district, he said. The leader give a warn to the government that they propose agitation to oppose this move and their agitation would be intensified unless government go ahead for carving new district from present Ballari district.
"On September 22, we will take Dharna and rally from Ballari Durgamma temple, on September 24 we will call a Satyagraha for opposing the proposed new districts and on September 26, we will agitate with black flag," Mr Kalamnath said.
The move is also expected to trigger a debate on choice of headquarters for the proposed new district. Congress MLAs Bheema Naik and PT Parameshwar Naik for Hagaribommanahalli and Hadagali respectively have demanded that their constituencies could be made the headquarters as Hosapete.
Bringing the district headquarters closer to the people is one of the reasons mentioned in the proposal for bifurcation. However, the demands for selecting a town that would be in the centre of the new district to serve as the headquarters are unlikely to be considered for obvious reasons. (UNI)