Some people had told Gandhiji not to attend the Belgaum(now Belagavi) session in 1924. But Gangadhar Rao Deshpande wanted Gandhiji to attend the session to give a new fillip to the freedom movement in the region.
Veer Soudha is the memorial built to commemorate the 1924 congress session held at Belgaum where Mahatma Gandhi was the president of the Congress.
Mahatma Gandhi had first visited the city in 1916 and later in 1924 when he presided over the Congress committee session. Prior to the Veer Soudha, there is a plaque in the railway station premises, which also lists the visits of Mahatma to the city during the peak of the freedom struggle.
1916 April 29 – May 1
Sessions of Bombay Provincial Conference at Belgaum. Gandhi supported resolution on compromise among political parties in the country following amendment of Article XX of Congress constitution in 1915.
1916 April 30
Spoke at Belgaum on “The Depressed Classes”.
Left Ahmedabad for Belgaum.
Spoke in reply to welcome address by the Belgaum Municipality and the District Board.
In Belgaum, A.I.C.C formed itself into Subjects Committee with Gandhiji as president and appointed a sub-committee with 16 members to draft e3 endorsing Calcutta Agreement.
In Belgaum at Subjects Committee meeting Gandhiji appealed to No-changers to have faith in swarajists.
The Indian National Congress began its 39th session under Gandhiji’s presidentship. Gandhiji delivered the presidential address and spoke on the resolution endorsing Calcutta Agreement.
There is also the Gandhi Smarak next to Shivaji Garden on Shama Prasad Mukherjee road.