“The erstwhile ruler of Mysore, Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, who launched many development programmes during his regime which are relevant even today, was a Vishwamanava who was a visionary,” said MP H. Vishwanath here this morning.

Speaking at the 129th birth anniversary celebrations of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar organised by Ursu Mandali at its premises on Thyagaraja road in city, Vishwanath said that many development projects like K.R. Hospital, Maharaja’s, Maharani’s and Yuvaraja’s Colleges and reservoirs like KRS launched by the former ruler of Mysore kingdom reflected his far-sightedness.

Pointing out that the launch of State Bank of Mysore by Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar is a gift to the nation, Vishwanath said that Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar had exhibited that he had love for people of all communities by nominating Sir Mirza Ismail as Dewan of Mysore and ensured that Dewan Poornaiah enjoyed equal powers in the Mysore Royal Court.

Narrating about the administrative capacities of the former ruler, Vishwanath said that Krishnaraja Wadiyar always discharged his duties in the ambit of social justice where women, people of backward communities and others were treated with respect.

Police Commissioner K.L. Sudheer, speaking on the occasion, lauded the efforts of Wadiyar who developed Mysore as a model city even before India became independent.

Corporator B.V. Manjunath, Ursu Mandali President A.S.Bharat, Administrative Officer B.L.Prabhudeva Raje Urs and others were present.

A colourful procession with a portrait of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar placed on a flower-decked sarot and accompanied by various cultural troupes and bandsets was taken out from Ursu Mandali building to K.R.Circle on the occasion.

KRRS, BSP stage protest

Meanwhile, hundreds of activists of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and Bahujana Samajwadi Party (BSP) staged a protest in front of the statue of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar at K.R. Circle alleging that the District Administration and the Government had neglected the birth anniversary of the great reformer like Nalwadi.

The protestors also alleged that the District Administration, which celebrated birth anniversaries of various luminaries in a grand manner, had shown disrespect to the former king by not celebrating his birth anniversary in a befitting manner.

Prof. P.V.Nanjaraja Urs, State BSP General Secretary Badagalapura Nagendra, Hosur Kumar, Hoskote Basavaraj and M.Mahesh were among hundreds of activists who took part in the protest.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore