B.S. Yeddyurappa, former Chief Minister has said that he was against the demand for statehood for north Karnataka.

“If elected representatives from North Karnataka feel that injustice has been meted out to their region in allocation of resources in the Budget, they should pressure the government in the sessions of the State Legislature as well as outside to get their demands fulfilled. However, statehood is not panacea for the problem of regional imbalance. No political party should support the demand to divide Karnataka,” he told presspersons here on Thursday.

He refused to comment on the controversy related to State government gifting iPhones and leather bags to MPs. “The BJP MPs have not accepted the gift. I don’t want to discuss the issue further,” he said.

Addressing a meeting of BJP workers in the city later, he said that development works in Karnataka have come to standstill under the coalition government owing to lack of coordination and understanding between the leaders of both parties.

The delay in filling the vacant Cabinet berths and the nomination for boards and corporations has resulted in serious discontent among the leaders of both the parties.

The BJP is watching all these developments. The State may witness political changes by the end of August, he said.

Expressing concern over financial position of the State, he said that the State had loan worth Rs. 2.38 lakh crore.

It is apparent that the State government lacks resources to implement many schemes that it had announced in the Budget. He demanded that Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy immediately come out with a white paper on the financial condition of the State.

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