Budget 2024: Karnataka’s Deputy Chief Minister, DK Shivakumar, responded to Congress MP DK Suresh’s controversial “separate nation” remark, emphasizing the discontent over the lack of significant announcements for southern states by the BJP-led government. Shivakumar expressed concerns about the unequal distribution of finances and stressed the importance of considering the interests of the entire country, not just the “Hindi-belt” states.
- Shivakumar acknowledged the expressions of regional dissatisfaction, stating that leaders like DK Suresh have voiced the concerns of South India.
- He emphasized the need for a balanced approach, asserting that the entire country is one and decisions should not solely focus on the Hindi-belt states.
- The Deputy CM highlighted the absence of major financial allocations for South India in the current budget, pointing out the lack of revenue support from the central government despite significant contributions from Karnataka to the national exchequer.
- While expressing a sense of letdown, Shivakumar reiterated the importance of national unity, stating that demands should not be region-specific but rather focused on equal development for all regions.
Shivakumar’s remarks underscore the ongoing debate on regional imbalances in budgetary allocations and the need for an inclusive approach in addressing the diverse needs of different states within India.