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Demand for second capital status revived

Staff Correspondent

Demonstration to be staged tomorrow


Proposal was made when Nijalingappa was Chief Minister

‘Davangere was called Manchester of Karnataka'


DAVANGERE: The demand to make Davangere the second capital of Karnataka has gathered steam as various organisations have decided to stage a demonstration here on Sunday as the first step towards seeking fulfilment of this demand.

The Davangere District Development Advisory Body, the Davangere Citizens' Welfare Committee and a couple of farmers' associations are among the groups that have decided to launch an agitation.

M.S.K. Shastry, coordinator of the Second Capital Struggle Committee, said in a press release that Davangere was once a prominent trade centre and considered the ‘Manchester of Karnataka' because of the concentration of a large number of textile mills here . However, most of the textile mills and a few major industries such as Kirloskar Ltd. in Harihar were closed.

Although Davangere had become an education centre of late with the establishment of several reputed institutions, successive Governments had been neglecting the district. Davangere is situated at the centre of Karnataka geographically and is well-connected by road and rail. A proposal was first made for making Davangere the second capital of the State during S. Nijalingappa's tenure as the Chief Minister.

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