KARNATAKA

Flurry of activity at Chalageri

SPRUCED UP: Asphalting of roads in full swing at Chalageri village in Ranebennur taluk of Haveri district on Thursday. (Left) The house of Rayappa Tembad where Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy will stay overnight on Friday.  

Staff Correspondent

Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah to visit the village in Haveri district today

HAVERI: Hectic last-minute arrangements are under way at the hitherto sleepy village of Chalageri off Pune-Banalore National Highway 4 in Ranebennur taluk of Haveri district in the wake of visit of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday.

With leaders and workers of both the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) making every effort to make the event successful, the village has seen a flurry of activity since Wednesday.

The Congress has a strong following in the village and its surrounding villages. Haveri Zilla Panchayat President Onnavva Rahutanakatti is from this area.

Hosting Chief Minister

It is a dream-come-true for the family of Rayappa Tembad (belonging to Lingayat-Sadar community), who will play host to the Chief Minister.

Rayappa Tembad has a joint family, owning a big house where 40 people live under single roof. The house has been spruced up to welcome the guest. The Chief Minister will stay in the first floor of the building. A temporary bathroom has been built on the first floor.

Meanwhile, dinner arrangements for Mr. Siddaramaiah are being made at the house of Chandrappa Benakanakonda, a Dalit.

According to Congress leaders, Siddaramaiah will be felicitated at Chalageri. He will leave Chalageri by Friday midnight after having dinner at Chandrappa's house.

A number of officials of the district administration have reached the village to make arrangements for the Chief Minister who will arrive from Bangalore soon after budget session.

All senior officials, besides a host of party men, have been camping here for the past two days.

Underdeveloped

Like many other villages in North Karnataka, Chalageri is underdeveloped. Villagers are excited about the Chief Minister's visit and have huge expectations.

After staying overnight at Chalageri on Friday, Mr. Kumaraswamy will hold Janata Darshan on Saturday morning before leaving for Ranebennur.

He will visit Haveri to participate in various programmes, including the release of new Kannada daily "Kourava", and attend a JD(S) convention.