Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Governor T.N. Chaturvedi has conveyed his greetings and good wishes to the people for the New Year.

In a message on Saturday, he said the working of our Republic has been demonstrated yet again when free and fair elections to taluk and zilla panchayats in the State were successfully completed recently.

The smooth and peaceful conduct of these elections bears testimony to the strong democratic ethos and strength of the nation. "I thank the people of Karnataka for their overwhelming participation,'' he added.

He said the State can recall with satisfaction its achievements on all fronts.

"We still have many tasks ahead of us. We have to assess the varied infrastructure requirements of our trade and industry, especially of the growing IT and BT (information technology and biotechnology) sectors and work ceaselessly to meet our needs. This requires cooperation of various sections of society.''

Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh and Ministers have extended their greetings. In a message, Mr. Singh said: "Let the New Year usher in joy and prosperity to one and all."

Union Minister of State for Planning M.V. Rajasekharan, Ministers M. Mallikarjun Kharge, R.V. Deshpande, and P.G.R. Sindhia.