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Kumaraswamy's visit brings spotlight on remote village

Written by: Staff
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Mysore, Aug 31 (UNI) The obscure, remote Chikkakanya village, about 20 km from the city, has suddenly come into focus, with Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy staying there overnight.

The village, with a population of 600, was decked up to receive its VIP guest. Though the Government lower primary school was readied for his stay, the Chief Minister changed his plans and stayed in a traditional house, belonging to Veerashiva Mahasabha Youth Wing former President and Contractor S Shivamurthy.

The entire stretch of the road leading to the village was repaired, broken electric poles were set right, water supply improved. The village wore a festive look, with festoons decorating the streets.

The Chief Minister was here to participate in various programmes, including inaugurating the Mysore-Bangalore four-lane highway and laying the foundation stone for six-laning the Mysore-Srirangapatna stretch.

Mr Kumaraswamy reached the village last late night and held a meeting with officials. After taking rest overnight, he visited each and every house in the village in the morning. He gave a patient hearing to their grievances and even solved some on the spot.

It may be recalled here that the Chief Minister, who stayed in a village in Afzalpur taluk of Gulbarga district last week, had refused comforts like cot and pillow and partook in the frugal food offered in that village.

Inspired by the rousing welcome he received in the villages, Mr Kumaraswamy told newspersons that he would always like this kind of life and continue to visit many such villages in the State in the coming days.

He denied staying in the village with an eye on the byelections to Chamundeswari Assembly constituency following former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah resigning his MLA post, prior to joining the Congress recently.

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