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Now, D.K. Shivakumar says not just Kanakapura but entire Ramanagara keen on ‘Bengaluru identity’

A day after his statement on the possibility of Kanakapura villages merging with Bengaluru at a later date triggering a political slugfest, Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar on Wednesday spoke of the “Bengaluru identity” of people living in rural areas around the capital and spoke of bringing the entire Ramanagara under Bengaluru rural district.

World city

“We are all from Bengaluru. We want our name to be still attached to Bengaluru because Bengaluru is seen as an international city. The entire world is seeing India through Bengaluru. Why should we lose the opportunity? Why should my district people lose their identity?” Mr. Shivakumar asked, speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday. Asked if there was a timeframe, he said: “When the time comes, people will decide where they should be. I have just left it for a debate. Why should they lose the privilege?”

During HDK’s tenure

Mr. Shivakumar’s remarks came after JD(S) leader and former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, during whose tenure in 2007 Ramanagara was carved out of Bengaluru Rural district, attacked him for talking of making Kanakapura part of Bengaluru for “real estate reasons.”

In response, on Wednesday, Mr. Shivakumar invited the former Chief Minister for an open debate on a television channel or in the Assembly. He said: “Mr. Kumaraswamy does not know history. He is not from here. Politically, his father (former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda) came here to contest. Ramanagara was a part of Bengaluru, which was later brought under Bengaluru Rural. I congratulate you (Mr. Kumaraswamy) for creating Ramanagara district for administrative convenience.”

Mr. Shivakumar further said: “Kempe Gowda built Bengaluru comprising Hoskote, Devanahalli, Anekal, Channapatna, Doddaballapura, Magadi, Ramanagara, and Kanakapura... I have a blueprint for the development of the region and it is important what our government will do when we are in power.”

Justifying his remarks on the increasing real estate value for properties, he said: “Did you (Mr. Kumaraswamy) not buy property here? I did advise my people not to sell properties. It is my responsibility to protect the livelihood of self-respecting residents of Ramanagara. After COVID-19, many are selling their properties.”

‘Cannot undo it’

Meanwhile, Mr. Kumaraswamy in a counter-statement, said that it was not possible to undo the creation of Ramanagara. “Ramanagara has ben carved out on scientific basis. Were the new districts of Chickballapur, Chamarajanagar, Yadgir, Koppal, and Gadag among others created without a reason?” he asked.

I am unaware, says CM

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah refused to be drawn into the controversy. When his response was sought by presspersons in Mysuru, he said: “Ask Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar this question. I do not know about this. I will discuss the matter with him.”

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