'Will be forced to demand a separate coutry for South': Congress MP DK Suresh sparks controversy

05:28 PM Feb 01, 2024 | PTI |

Bengaluru Rural MP and senior Congress leader DK Suresh stirred controversy with his recent statements following the presentation of the interim budget by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.


In a press interaction post the budget session, MP DK Suresh, said that South India has consistently been overlooked in fund allocations. He accused that the funds of Southern states are being redirected to the Hindi belt. “We are not getting the share of taxes for our state. They are giving our money to North India. The center is doing injustice to the state in all matters,” he said.

He also talked about perceived bias towards North India, especially the Hindi heartland. “We must get what we deserve… If we don’t condemn this injustice, in the future South Indians will have to inevitably raise their voice for a separate nation,” stated DK Suresh.

Suresh dismissed the interim budget as an “election-focused budget”, claiming that only names had been changed. He remarked, “Only names have been changed. They have introduced some Sanskrit names and introduced schemes.”

BJP condemns Suresh’s remarks


The BJP responded strongly to Suresh’s comments, with Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar criticized the Congress party for its leader’s divisive remarks. Chandrasekhar accused the Congress of promoting North-South conflict and appeasement politics, contrasting it with the historical leadership of figures like Sardar Patel.

Taking to X, Chandrashekhar wrote: “Once upon a time Cong was a party wth leaders like Sardar Patel who worked to integrate India into one diverse yet unified nation Today Rahuls Cong us represented by people like DK Suresh – brother of out on bail and corruption accused Cong Dy CM DK Shivakumar. Their agenda is to divide people with North-South Conflict and appeasement Politics.”


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