Staff Correspondent

Madikeri: M.C. Nanaiah, MLC, on Saturday called upon Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to make the State a place for all people to live in peace.

He was addressing a gathering of the Kodagu Gowda community here after releasing a souvenir, Kadiru, on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of the Kodagu Gowda Vidya Sangha at General K.S. Thimayya Stadium here. The people would welcome the statement of Mr. Yeddyurappa if he could make the State corruption-free, Mr. Nanaiah said. He appealed to Mr. Yeddyurappa, who inaugurated the celebrations earlier, to release Rs. 200 crore over a period of four years to do up roads in Kodagu.

The State Government should consider establishing a medical college in Kodagu, Mr. Nanaiah said. Mysore MP Vijayashankar, who lauded the martial tradition of the district and the geniality of its people, said Kodagu stood as an outstanding example in the country for its unique culture.

Kurunji Venkatramana Gowda, educationist and philanthropist, who presided over the function, said that he would start a centre for training candidates appearing for Central and State service examinations next month.

Madikeri MLA M.P. Appachu Ranjan praised the Kodagu Gowda community for its contribution to the development of Kodagu. Former MP Ayyanur Manjunath released a book, Akshaya while former MLA for Vitla K.M. Ibrahim released another book. The sangha submitted an appeal to the Chief Minister listing several demands.