Amid increasing voices of discontent over allocations to North Karnataka in the State budget and complaints of neglect, a newly formed organisation has given a call for a North Karnataka bandh on August 2 seeking statehood for the region.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, State president of Uttar Karnataka Pratyeka Rajya Horata Samiti Somashekhar Kotambri said that the bandh call would apply to 13 districts of North Karnataka and various organisations had extended support to it.

Mr. Kotambri said that in the wake of continued neglect of North Karnataka and the step- motherly treatment towards the northern districts of the State, the people of the region had been forced to raise their voice against the injustice.

He said that the total neglect of North Karnataka in the recent State budget presented by the coalition government had further angered the people of North Karnataka and many organisations, including those of farmers, had extended support to the bandh call on August 2.

Expressing anger over the delay in resolving the long-pending Mahadayi row, he urged the Prime Minister to intervene and help find an amicable solution to the contentious issue. Honorary president of the samiti L.S. Goudar and others were present.

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