AGENCIES, Bangalore: Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa said he took the decision to shut the state’s border with Kerala to ensure the safety of people of his state.
The CM was responding to a letter written by former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda’s requesting the chief minister to open the Karnataka-Kerala border as many people from Kerala are looking towards Karnataka for treatment.
Gowda has been attempting to persuade Karnataka to lift the blockade on the movement of cargo vehicles into Kerala. Gowda had earlier promised Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan that he would use his good offices with the Karnataka government to lift the blockade
CM Yediyurappa stated that the government was responsible for every individual in Karnataka.
The CM also stated that closing the Karnataka-Kerala border was not a hasty decision, and that it was done based on a detailed study that coronavirus cases had spread in Karnataka from Kasaragod and other parts of Kerala.
“We have official information on these cases in Kerala. The data given by Indian Medical Association, Mangaluru branch, is scary. There are 106 people affected with COVID-19 in Kasaragod. Therefore, experts advised that the border be closed. If we open the border, it will have an adverse impact on the state. It is our stand not to open the Karnataka-Kerala border,’’ the chief minister said.