After the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Karnataka will be split into two and 50 new states will be formed in India. BJP Minister Umesh Katti, who has been vocal about the need for a separate state for North Karnataka, has said that Prime Minister Modi will take action in this regard.
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Speaking at the Belagavi Bar Association event on June 23, Umesh Katti, the BJP ruling Karnataka’s Food and Forest minister, said, “A debate is trending on social media that over 50 new states will be formed in the country after the next Lok Sabha polls. So, it is for sure that North Karnataka will also become a separate state based on the population spread across Karnataka. PM Narendra Modi will himself take an initiative on this issue. Three new states will be carved out from Maharashtra, four in Uttar Pradesh and two in Karnataka.
Bangalore is overpopulated. People have to get stuck in traffic jams for many hours without access to water. North Karnataka has the capacity to handle it. This is not the opinion of our party, but it must happen this time. We will all do this together.”
It is to be noted that he requested the then Chief Minister Yediyurappa to grant separate state status to North Karnataka in 2019.
For the last few years, we have been witnessing the division of states in India. The state of Telangana was separated from Andhra Pradesh in 2014 and the state of Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two union territories in 2019.
In Tamil Nadu, BJP supporters could be seen insisting on the division of the Kongu region into Kongu Nadu. At that time, Dinamalar published false news that the Kongu country was being formed.
If the states are to be divided based on the increasing population in India, the first to be divided is Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in India with a population of over 21 crores. Efforts were made when Mayawati was the Chief Minister of the state. But so far the state has remained undivided for political reasons.