Special Correspondent

Groups protest against Manivannan’s transfer

MYSORE: The Government’s decision to transfer Mysore City Corporation (MCC) Commissioner P. Manivannan, who also holds additional charge as the Commissioner of the Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA), has led to protests in the city and a “Mysore bandh” has been called on Friday.

Citizens’ groups, students and non-governmental organisations staged protests on Wednesday soon after the news of transfer of Mr. Manivannan, who is slated to take charge as the Deputy Commissioner of Shimoga, the home district of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, spread. Nearly half a dozen protests were held in the city, while a few voluntary groups have rallied together to get the transfer order rescinded and called their struggle as a “dharma yuddha”. Activists of the Mysore Nagara Palike Poura Karmikara Sangha, Karnataka Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Poura Karmikara Yuvakara Abhivruddhi Maha Sangha, Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of Mysore (ACICM), Mysore Guardians, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, Mysooru Kolache Nivasigala Okkuta, etc., staged dharnas and took out processions seeking cancellation of Mr. Manivannan’s transfer.

Activists, citizens and members of various organisations and a few councillors staged a dharna in front of the city corporation office and questioned the Government’s decision of transferring Mr. Manivannan. Social activists such as advocate Arun Kumar of the ACICM listed out the works initiated by Mr. Manivannan and wondered if it was a crime to usher in transparency in the functioning of the MUDA and the city corporation.The Karnataka Rakshana Vedike has threatened to intensify its agitation if Mr. Manivannan’s transfer was not revoked.