Staff Correspondent

Hospet (Bellary Dist): The strike launched by various organisations, under the banner of the Vijayanagar Zilla Horata Samiti, Hospet, demanding that Vijayanagar district be carved out of Bellary, entered the 100th day on Tuesday.

To mark the occasion, a procession was taken out in the main streets of Hospet in which a large number of representatives from various organisations participated. The agitators blocked the National Highway 13 and 63, which coincides near the Tungabhadra Dam circle, affecting the traffic for some time.

In the memorandum submitted to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, the samiti urged that their demand for Vijayanagar district be conceded at the earliest. They said that the undivided Bellary district was very huge geographically and was unwieldy for administration purposes also. M. Ulleshwar, one of the conveners, said that the proposed Vijayanagar district had the necessary infrastructure facilities, including important government offices functioning and was ideal to be declared a district.

Mr. Ulleshwar said in the first phase various organisations had staged dharna. After the 100th day, the samiti has decided to withdraw the dharna temporarily and concentrate on creating awareness among the people in the taluks proposed to be part of the Vijayanagar district. “From now on we will tour all the taluks and motivate people to launch agitation in their respective areas, in support of the demand. After that we will resume the agitation in Hospet”, he said adding that former Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash and former MLA Ratan Singh had extended their support to the samiti.