Protest against unveiling of Tiruvalluvar statue


Members of the KRV, under the leadership of its president, Karave Chandrashekhar, had held a meeting at the premises of the Government Girls School. Later on, they took out a protest march, which passed through the main thoroughfares of the town, shouting slogans against the chief minister and the State government.

They also held a rasta roko near the bus stand and shouted slogans against the BJP government. “The unveiling of Tiruvalluvar’s statue in Bangalore was an insult to Kannada language, land and its culture,” the members stated.

Pesident of the KRV, Karave Chandrashekhar said, “For the last several years, we have been at loggerheads with Tamil Nadu on various issues. Cauvery, Hogenakal, etc, all these issues have been the bone of contention between both the states. When Kannada language was accorded classical status, this was questioned in the Tamil Nadu High Court,” he complained.

Problems between States

He further said, “When there were so many hindrances and problems between the two states, instead of solving the problems that were pending before us, the State government had resorted to the unveiling of Tiruvalluvar’s statue. This was done keeping in view the Assembly by-elections and the elections to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike. The BJP government was trying to woo the people of Tamil Nadu, he said. When the protesters did not budge from their place of protest, the police arrested Karave Chandrashekhar and the other protesting members.

General Secretary of the KRV Harish, Maruthi of Samara Sene, City Unit president of Samara Sene, Etigaddahalli Ramu and Anji  took part in the protest.

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