'Property dispute no hindrance to Dasara'

'Property dispute no hindrance to Dasara'

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah refused to comment on the dispute over acquisition of properties of the Mysore royal family, as the issue was before the Supreme Court.

Responding to queries, he said that appointment of a successor, convening the private durbar, and rituals observed by the Wadiyars at the Amba Vilas Palace during Dasara, were a private affair, and that the State government had no say in the matter. 

He said that Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, wife of the late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, had promised that the royal family would cooperate with the State government in organising the famous Dasara celebrations. He added that Dasara celebrations would be held as usual and the property dispute would not hinder the festivities.

Pramoda Devi had recently appealed to the State to repeal a piece of legislation passed to take over the Bangalore and Mysore Palaces of the Wadiyars. She had said that the legislation had delayed the appointment of a successor.

Meet with SpiceJet

Siddaramaiah also said that a meeting will be convened with SpiceJet authorities shortly to urge them to restart flight services to the City. “The present airport is not able to accommodate bigger aircraft and requires expansion,” he said. He also expressed confidence that the Congress would win all the three Assembly constituencies in the bypolls, scheduled for August 21.