Members of the Kannada Kriya Samiti, accompanied by members of the writers and artistes forum, Mysore, and theatre personalities, met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in Bangalore on Tuesday to urge the government to reconstitute Ranga Samaja with experts in theatre to steer the Rangayana units successfully.

The members also wanted the government to rescind the BJP government’s decision to handover the New Type Model (NTM) School here to Sri Ramakrishna Ashram, according to information received here.

General secretary of the samiti Samskruti Subramanya said in a statement that Mr. Siddaramaiah told the delegation that he would hold talks with the Minister for Kannada and Culture to resolve the Rangayana imbroglio.

A delegation from the ashram had met Mr. Siddaramaiah over the issue of NTM School transfer. He, however, did not give any assurance to that delegation, the Chief Minister is stated to have told the members, according to the statement.

President of the samiti P. Mallesh, and editor of Andolana newspaper Rajashekara Koti told Mr. Siddaramaiah that the BJP government’s decision to handover the school to the ashram was aimed at land grabbing.

Other members who were present included H.J. Lakkappa Gowda, G.K. Govinda Rao, Chidambara Rao Jambe, K.S. Bhagwan, Aravinda Malagathi, Janardhan, G.P. Basavaraju and Muddukrishna.

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