Day 1: Irked over poor arrangements, KSP members protest during litfest

Day 1: Irked over poor arrangements, KSP members protest during litfest

The participants, including members of Kannada Sahitya Parishat (KSP) from Ramanagara district for the 83rd Akhila Bharatha Kannada Sahitya Sammelana, which began on Friday, staged a protest against the organisers at the Maharaja's College Grounds, the main venue of the event.

Ramanagara KSP taluk president Dinesh Bilugumba said, 500 people have come from the district, but, no registration counter has been set up for the delegates from the district. "We have been neglected in the literary festival. It's an insult for Kannada activists as well as the district," said another member.

The agitators alleged that an organiser made an attempt to assault an elderly professor, for demanding the kit and coupons. No participants from the district have got sammelana kit, coupons, and other facilities, they alleged. The agitators raised slogans against the Welcome Sub-Committee and the organisers for the lapses.

Separate registration counters for a representative from different districts have been established on Maharaja's College Grounds. But no counters were available for Ramanagara and Yadgir districts.

Shortage of kits

The participants from other districts expressed displeasure about the organisers due to the shortage of sammelana kits. The kits were not available for the participants, who registered at the counters. The authorities asked the participants to collect the kits in the evening.

A participant from Shivamogga said, "We have come from a long distance, but, the organisers are asking to collect the kits at 3 pm. We have come to participate in the sammelana and not to wait in queues to collect the kits. The organisers should have made proper arrangements," he said.

Temporary workers protest

A few daily wage workers, who were hired to take up cleanliness work during the sammelana, alleged lapses on the part of the Mysuru City Corporation and stayed away from the works. One Hanumanthu said that the organisers had assured to pay Rs 400 for each for cleanliness work till 12 noon from 8 am.

"Though, we have worked till 2.30 pm, the authorities are asking us to continue the works for a few more hours. As many as 15 workers were brought from Shri Theatre point in the city," he said.

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