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Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the interim report given by the State Backward Classes Commission will be studied legally, discussed with leaders of all political parties and then take a suitable decision.
Talking to reporters near Suvarna Soudha here on Thursday, he said this morning, the Commission Chairman Jayaprakash Hegde met him and submitted the interim report. This report will be examined, discussed with the Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, and take legal steps accordingly. Details were given one year after the submission of Justice Nagamohan Das Committee. The Justice Sadashiva Commission report was submitted ten years ago but no details are given since the government has not accepted it. The Kantharaj report is still with the Commission, not at the government level and details are not furnished. But suitable legal action will be taken on the interim report submitted by the Backward Classes Commission.
Meeting on Covid prevention and preventive steps
He said the Union Health Ministry has given certain instructions regarding Covid-19 due to the sudden increase in cases at international level as well as the emergence of new variants. The new variant has been detected and it spreads fast. In the wake of this information, a meeting will be held today in which the Health Minister, senior officials from the Health department and members of Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to discuss and initiate preventive steps in this regard. The citizens need not panic. It is possible to keep this pandemic under check if everyone follows the suggestions given by experts. Today’s meeting will also include a possible workout program to improve the booster dose coverage among people.
No proposal to hold Assembly polls in advance
Reacting to KPCC President D.K. Shivakumar’s statement that the BJP Delhi leaders have spoken to the CM regarding advancing the Assembly polls in view of Covid-19 pandemic, Bommai ruled out any such talks with the Delhi leaders and said there is no proposal to hold the Assembly elections in advance.
He said former ministers, Ramesh Jarkiholi and K.S.Eshwarappa had met him on Wednesday to enquire about their induction into the Cabinet. They were given details of the discussion with the party leaders in Delhi recently. “I am going to Delhi shortly to discuss various important issues including the Cabinet expansion. The leaders have been explained about the need for the Cabinet expansion. The high command will take a final decision regarding the Cabinet rejig”.
State to present its case in SC effectively
Asked about the statements by the Maharashtra leaders on releasing water from their state to Karnataka, the CM said this has been said by members of the Opposition party. All three rivers run through three to four states and all inter-state rivers are governed by the Inter-State Water Disputes Act. There may be differences of opinion among the states but such statements must not be issued as such irresponsible statements are not of any help.
The Maharashtra leaders are making provocative statements which are not implementable. There will be mutual friendship among the states. Since the border row is pending before the Supreme Court let the Maharashtra State fight legally. The stand of Karnataka is right as per the Constitution and the argument will be made effectively in the Apex Court.
On Maharashtra leader Sanjay Rawat’s statement that they will enter Karnataka as the Chinese Army entered the Indian borders, Bommai said everybody knows the importance of Rawar who is known for making provocative statements. “If they come like the Chinese Army into Karnataka, we will send them back as Indian Army”.
(Report: D L Harish)