Poll code: Nalwadi Jayanti to be a low-key affair this year

As the model code of conduct is in place, ahead of the election to the State Legislative Council from South Graduates constituency, the district administration will celebrate the 132nd birth anniversary of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, the erstwhile ruler of Mysuru, in a scaled-down manner on June 4.

This follows a meeting between Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) officials and Arasu Mandali Sangha recently. The representatives of the district administration will restrict to paying floral tributes to the statue of the visionary ruler at KR Circle.

The sangha will celebrate the day traditionally by organising a programme on its premises on Thyagaraja Urs Road. Former minister S A Ramdas and Police Commissioner B Dayananda will launch the celebrations on the day at 9.30 am. It will be followed by a rally from the sangha premises to Nalwadi’s statue via Agrahara Circle, and New Sayyaji Rao Road. Various cultural troupes will accompany the procession.

MCC Commissioner C G Betsurmath told Deccan Herald that the decision to scale down the celebrations by not holding a dais programme, as was being done in the past at Town Hall, under the aegis of the district administration was taken, following a suggestion from around 20 representatives of the sangha in the meeting. 

As the election code of conduct restrains elected representatives from taking part in government-sponsored programmes, sangha members were against taking a risk, he added. 

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