Mysuru Chalo, most significant freedom movement: Minister

Freedom fighters cherish memories of the movement

Freedom fighters cherished their memories by participating in a rally organised to mark the Mysuru Chalo movement at the Freedom Fighters Park in the city on Wednesday.

Mysuru district administration, in association with Mysuru District and Town Freedom Fighters Association, organised a rally to commemorate the Mysuru Chalo movement that was aimed at installing democratic and responsible government in the princely State of Mysuru in the year 1947.

Mysore chalo 1PWD and District in-Charge Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa flagged off the rally at the Subbarayanakere Ground (Freedom Fighters Park) which passed through Chamaraja Double Road, Ramaswamy Circle, Sanskrit Pathashala Circle, Sayyaji Rao Road and ended at the starting point, Subbarayanakere Ground. Earlier,  Mahadevappa along with veteran freedom fighter Doreswamy unfurled the national flag and offered floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi’s bust at the ground.

Addressing the gathering, Mahadevappa said, “Mysore Chalo chaluvali was one of the significant freedom movements in the city which aimed at bringing a democratic government in the then princely state of Mysore. The then ruler of Mysuru on October 24, 1947 announced his decision to hand over the power to a democratically- elected government which remains significant in the history. With the massive protest made in the name of Mysuru Chalo, the King announced the establishment of a new democratic government.”

“I have received a request for a hike in the pension for the freedom fighters and have demanded grant health benefits as well. Till now we have been paying Rs 5000 as pension to freedom fighters across the state, we will look into the request and take necessary steps,” he added.

Senior leader and freedom fighter Doreswamy said: “Even after completion of seventy years as an independent nation, the problems of poor and farmers are not addressed in India. Many people are suffering from poverty and are leading a miserable life. The central and state governments have initiated various schemes for the welfare of people but no schemes have come to their rescue. It is high-time for the government to think of a permanent solution by providing land to all poor for their welfare.”

“Today governments spend crores of rupees on construction of industries, stating that would solve unemployment but only the industrialists and corporate are making profit out of it,” he added.

MLA Somashekhar, Mayor B L Bhyrappa, DC Randeep, Zilla Panchayat President Nayeema Sultana, Freedom fighters Krishnamurty, Shivanna and others were present.

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