Bangalore, Nov 1 (UNI) Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur today exhorted people of the State to rededicate themselves to meet the challenges in order to hand down a reasonable social environment to the posterity.
Speaking after inaugurating the state-wide celebrations on the occasion of the 51st state reorganisation day (Rajyothsava Day) at Kanteerava Stadium here today Karnataka Governor urged the people to take pledge to work together to march towards building a prosperous Karnataka and strong India.
Commending the tremendous achievements made by Karnataka during last six decades in the field of education, sports, science and technology, economic development, preservation of tradition, culture and literature exhorted people of the state to rededicate themselves to present a better and strong society to next generation which we have inherited from our predecessors.
Governor also paid rich tributes to those who during the course of history have contributed to the greatness of Karnataka. "Along with you and millions in the state, I pay my humble homage to their hallowed memory" he said.
While Rajyothsava day was celebrated with fanfare all over the state, the celebrations was marred due to a few incidents of protest in Kodagu, Gulbarga and Belgaum districts.
In Madikeri, the activists of Codava National Council who were demanding autonomous Council for Kodagu district have ransacked the main function organised by district administration. The slogan shouting Codava Council activists also stopped the school children from participating in the celebrations at the function place. They also protested against the administration failing to keep up its promise of transferring the 'Jamma' lands in the names of the people holding it. Since decades vast tracts of forest land belonging to the government is being cultivated by the locals in this districts known for coffee estates and orange orchards and the people had been demanding transfer of the lands in their name.
In Gulbarga, the activists of Hyderabad Karantaka Horata Samithi led by expelled JD(S) legislators demanding separate state observed Rajyothsava day as 'black day'. Police also arrested over 100 activists who tried to hoist separate state flag on the occasion.
In Belgaum, the members of Maharashtra Ekikran Samiti, which is advocating inclusion of Belgaum in Maharashtra, observed the Rajyotsava day as 'black day'.