More seers extend support: against land acqusition for Posco

Anil Urs Gadag | Updated on July 13, 2011 Published on July 13, 2011

A bigger farmers' movement is in the offiing in Mundargai taluk in Gadag.

A final shape to bigger farmers’ movement against the land acquisition will be taken on Thursday with around 50 seers from north Karnataka decending at Gadag under the platform - ‘Bhoo Swadheena Virodhi Sangrama Samiti’.

Two of the prominent seers of Gadag district Sri Annadanishwara swamiji of Mundaragi and Sri Tontada Siddhalinga swamiji of Gadag will be jointly heading the Samiti, which will have activists from different organisations and farmers of the villages where land acquisition is planned.

Continuing his criticism of Industries Minister Murgesh Nirani, former leader of opposition in the legislative council H.K. Patil said that the Congress party would urge the BJP government to rescind the process within a week.

Opposition leader in the legislative Assembly, Siddaramaiah and former chief minister H D Kumarswamy also joined the anti-land acqusition movement at Gadag by visiting farmers of Halligudi, Jantli-Shirur and Mevundi villages.

Meanwhile several seers and religious heads of different communities have come forward to extend support to the farmers’ movement against the land acquisition and will be participating in a convention of seers to be held at Gadag on July 14 (Thursday).

Apart from the seers and religious heads of the district, religious heads from neighbouring districts of Bagalkot, Bijapur, Belgaum, Dharwad and others are likely to participate in the convention, being organised in support of the protesting farmers.


The Samiti has decided to organise ‘Bhoo Rakshaneyedege Namma Nadige’ (Walk To Protect Land) from Halligudi village to Gadag on July 18 to protest against the land acquisition. Subsequently there would be a ‘Bhoo Swadheena Virodhi Samavesha’ (Convention Against Land Acquisition) in Gadag on July 25.

Two committees

Under the Sangrama Samiti two committees namely convenors’ committee and executive committees have been formed. People like Siddanagouda Patil, Basavaraj Sulebhavi, Y.N. Goudar, Laxman Desai, B.S. Soppin, B.S. Hiregoudar who had been coordinating the farmers’ movement would be in the convenors’ committee apart from farmers Channappa Boodihal, Basavaraj Chennahalli, Hanumanthappa Gaddad, Kotrappa Halakurki, Koodlappa and Hugar Sharanappa.

One of the convenors Siddanagouda Patil said that the executive committee would have all the office bearers of the village units being set up in the villages of the district that had been identified for land acquisition. The executive committee would also have representatives from progressive organisations in the district.

Mr Patil said that the Samiti would also be taking out ‘culturala jathas’ in all the villages of the district to sensitise the farmers on the need to oppose the land acquisition. The programme will be finalised soon, he said.

Published on July 13, 2011

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