The district administration has made elaborate arrangements for the Rajyotsava celebrations on Thursday, though the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) has called for a ‘black day’.

The MES has appealed to Marathi-speaking people to shut down commercial establishments .

The celebrations will take off with the ceremonial puja to goddess Bhuvaneshwari Devi and a cultural procession will be flagged off at the Deputy Commissioner’s office at 9 a.m.

Bicycle rally

At the same time, the MES will take out a two-wheeler rally in areas dominated by Marathi-speaking people. MES activists will sport black ribbons on their arms and carry black flags to protest against the inclusion of Belgaum, Bhalki, Nippani, Karwar and several other towns and villages in Karnataka during the reorganisation of States.

The city has witnessed violent incidents in the past and there had been clashes between Kannada and Marathi linguistic communities too.


The police have warned of action against miscreants. All liquor shops will close for 24 hours from Wednesday midnight.

On the occasion, the Kannada and Culture Department has organised cultural programmes for school and college students. Folk artistes, vocalists, and instrumentalists will participate in the programme which will be held at the Kumar Gandharva Rangamandira at 5.30 p.m.

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