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`Continue Nanjundaswamy's work'

By Our Staff Reporter Bangalore Feb. 8. M.D. Nanjundaswamy's work towards improving the lot of farmers and rural people had to be realised, said speakers at a meeting organised here on Sunday to remember the champion of farmers' cause, who passed away recently. Agrahara Krishnamurthy, writer, said Nanjundaswamy's life and work as head of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha was an example for those who worked for the development of rural India. Justice A.J. Sadashiva said the movement for social reform that Nanjundaswamy started "must go ahead on the basis of the ideology the late leader stood for." Kadidalu Shamanna, Nanjundaswamy's long-time associate, also spoke.

Ready for polls: Ananth Kumar

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE Feb. 8. The BJP was fully geared to face elections not only to the Lok Sabha but also to the Legislative Assembly, the President of the State unit of the party, H.N. Ananth Kumar, said here today. Mr. Ananth Kumar, who was addressing a meeting after distributing sewing machines to women and sports kits to sportsmen in Chickpet Assembly constituency, said the climate was favourable for the party in the coming elections. He complimented P.C. Mohan, MLA for the constituency, for distributing sewing machines to poor women which helped them to become self-reliant. Mr. Mohan presided over the function which was addressed, among others, by "Mukhyamantri" Chandru, MLC.

Kolar MP invitee to CWC

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE Feb. 8. K.H. Muniyappa, MP for Kolar and a senior Congress leader, has been appointed special invitee to the Congress Working Committee by the AICC President, Sonia Gandhi. Mr. Muniyappa, who is representing Kolar in the Lok Sabha for the fourth time, had earlier served as Joint Secretary, Secretary (Planning and Coordination) of the AICC, and Whip of Congress Parliamentary Party.

Ex-MLA Muniraju passes away

BANGALORE Feb. 8. The former Chairman of State Backward Class Commission, Muniraju, passed away in a private hospital on Saturday. He was 74. Mr. Muniraju, a former MLA, represented Bagepalli in the House. He was cremated at Chickaballapur today. The Chief Minister, S. M. Krishna, and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, M.V. Venkatappa, have condoled the death of Mr. Muniraju.

Board not abolished: Dharam

By Our Special Correspondent

GULBARGA Feb. 8. The Public Works Minister, N. Dharam Singh, on Sunday clarified that the Hyderabad Karnataka Development Board (HKDB) had not been abolished. He said the State Government had only gone in for reconstitution by including other backward areas in North Karnataka as per the recommendations of the High-Powered Committee for Redressal of Regional Imbalances, headed by the economist, D.M. Nanjundappa. Talking to The Hindu here, Mr. Singh said he and the Home Minister, M. Mallikarjun Kharge, had apprised the Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, about the apprehensions of the people of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region about the proposed North Karnataka Development Board (NKDB). They would once again meet the Chief Minister to urge him to safeguard the privileges enjoyed by Hyderabad-Karnataka region, the Minister said. Mr. Singh said the headquarters of the NKDB would be in Gulbarga district as a building used by the HKDB was already there.

Vatal seeks White Paper

By Our Correspondent

Chamarajanagar Feb. 8. The President of the Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha, Vatal Nagaraj, has urged the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu governments to come out with a White Paper on the expenditure incurred in the efforts to capture the brigand, Veerappan. Addressing a party convention at Badanaguppe village in Chamarajanagar taluk today, he called for "sincere" efforts to capture the brigand. Mr. Nagaraj accused the Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, of not giving importance to the development of rural areas. He charged that development was restricted only to Bangalore city.

`Dance show was a mistake'

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Bangalore Feb. 8. The Congress leader and former Chairman of the Bangalore Development Authority, L.R. Shivarame Gowda, today regretted the dance at a Congress workers' meeting at Nagamangala in Mandya district recently.

He told presspersons here that neither he nor his associates who had organised the meeting had any role to play in the dance programme. "Some enthusiastic local Congress workers who were vested with the responsibility of mobilising people for the meeting had arranged an orchestra to entertain the people. None of us was aware that the dance sequence was part of the music programme," he said. Mr. Shivarame Gowda said the media attention to the vulgarity in the dance sequence was uncalled for and it was obvious that the Opposition had exaggerated the matter with an ulterior motive. Arranging orchestra as part of workers' meetings, weddings, and other public functions was common in Nagamangala taluk and also in Mandya district, he said.

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