Political turmoil not to dampen Dasara festivities

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Mysore, Oct 11 (UNI) The political turmoil, which the state has been witnessing, will not dampen the famous Dasara festivities, beginning here tomorrow.

In the absence of a Chief Minister, following the collapse of JD(S)-BJP coalition government, Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur would flag off the famous Dasara procession on October 21.

It is for the second time in the history of the state that a Governor would be flagging off the procession.

The earlier instance was in 1989, when the government headed by Chief Minister S R Bommai was dismissed and President's rule imposed in the state.

The festival would be declared open tomorrow after Sri Balagangadharanatha Swamiji of Sri Adhichunachanageri Mutt offers special pooja to Goddess Chamundeswari, the principal deity of the city, atop the famous Chamundi Hills.

Mysore District Deputy Commissioner Channappa Gowda told UNI that nearly 40 lakh tourists were expected for the festivities this year.

Over 1000 artists would participate in various cultural programmes at Mysore, Jaganmohan Palace, Kalamandira and other places.

He said the Gold Card Scheme, launched for the festivities, was well received.

A week-long film festival would be inaugurated by noted Kannada film director and actor M P Shankar at Kalamanidra.

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