Bengaluru, Jan 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday assured that the central and the state governments will keep working for the empowerment of the people of Karnataka.

Greeting the people of the state on account of Makar Sankranti today, he recognised Karnataka as a state which makes unprecedented contributions to national progress.

"Makar Sankranti wishes to my sisters and brothers of Karnataka, a state which makes unprecedented contributions to national progress. The Centre and State Government will keep working for the empowerment of the people of the state," Modi tweeted.

The PM was responding to Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai's tweet, thanking him for approval of synchronization of 18,78,671 houseless and 6,61,535 siteless households for poor rural people of the state under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana Gramin (PMAY-G).

"Respected Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji my Makar Sankranti greetings to you. Thank you for approval of synchronization of 18,78,671 houseless and 6,61,535 siteless households for poor rural people of karnataka in Awaas+ under PMAY-G, which were long pending," Bommai said in a tweet.

"This is a Makar Sankranti gift from your good self to Karnataka. I thank you once again on behalf of Karnataka," he said.

Bommai, later responding to Modi's tweet, thanked him, stating that his words of appreciation and assurance truly fuel his government's efforts to make even greater contributions to national progress.

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New Delhi, Jan 26: The Congress on Wednesday appointed former Rajya Sabha member B K Hariprasad as the party's leader in the Karnataka Legislative Council.

It also appointed Prakash Rathod as the chief whip and K Govindraj as the Congress Deputy Leader of Legislative Council in the state.

An official statement said Congress president Sonia Gandhi appointed Hariprasad as the Leader of Legislative Council, along with making other appointments.