12.30 p.m.: The President Pranab Mukherje has arrived at the Halga site of the SVS.
12.45: inauguration function has begun. About one lakh people have gathered at the venue.
12.54: Welcome Speech in progress
IBNLokmat journalist DineshKeluskar detained by K’taka police for reporting on president visit 2 Belgaum
Karnataka police forcefully remove Marathi media from the venue
Several dignitaries attend the function. Veerappa Moily, Kumarswamy, Siddarmiah, Sadanand Gowda. Kore Umesh Katti also on stage
A few Kannada activists with flags at the venue are shouting while the speeches are going onand now police trying to handle them.
1.08: President rises to inaugurate
1.09: President inaugurates the Suvrana Vidhan Soudha by pressing a button
1.10: CM Shettar starts his speech
Shettar mentions as “BELGAUM” in his speech in English. Again in the next line says Belgavi.
Shettar tells the history of the Suvarna Soudha how it was shifted from Vaccine Depot to the current site.
This building will be a new dawn to the people of North Karnataka. Winter session of the assembly would be held here each year in December. Thanks BSY once again.
1.19: Governor starts his speech: A new chapter in Karnataka.
Crowd outside the pandal is creating some kind of chaos as they want to come inside. Police looking to control them
1.25: Governor ends speech
1.25: CM Shettar is now felicitating the President with a Shawl, Rani Chennamama Silver memento
1.26: Inaugural speech by President
President starts his speech, he is wearing a Golden color turban
It is my privilege to be amidst you on this happy occasion on the land where Rani Chennamma was born. This is the same place where Tilak said “Freedom is my birth right”. This is piece of land where Congress session was held in 1924. I have the pleasure of opening this Suvarna Soudha.
Full speech :
I am privileged to be amongst you on this happy occasion. This beautiful structure stands on sacred soil, which was once ruled by the great queen Kittur Chennamma, who challenged the colonial powers. Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak launched the Home Rule League from Belgaum in 1916 with the words Freedom is my birthright. Mahatma Gandhiji presided over the historic Congress Session at Belgaum in 1924, the only occasion the Mahatma chaired any session of the Indian National Congress. Encouraged by the Congress session, people from Belgaum took active part in the freedom movement.
I understand Belgaum used to be known as Venu Grama (Village of the flute). Today, this region is the Sugar bowl of the State. It has made immense contribution to Karnataka’s history, education, literature, culture and economy.
True to its name, Belgaum is known for music, especially Hindustani music. Many stalwarts like Kumar Gandharva, Mallikarjuna Mansur, Gangubai Hangal and Bhimsen Joshi come from this area and have added glory to Indian classical music. The Belgaum session of the Indian National Congress witnessed a Kannada song by Gangubhai Hangal.
The 12th century thinker, social reformer, saint and religious teacher Basaveshwara lived in this part of the State and brought about sweeping social change in Karnataka and surrounding region.
This Suvarna Soudha is inheritor of a proud and glorious tradition. Democratic process started in erstwhile Mysore state much before the rest of the country. Maharaja Chamaraj Wadiyar established the Mysore Representative Assembly way back in 1881 and his son Maharaja Krishnaraj Wadiyar established a Legislative Council in 1907. Erstwhile Mysore was amongst the first princely states in India to start the formation of democratic institutions with a view to associating representatives of the people in the process of administration.
This Representative Assembly saw several transformations and evolved into a mature house of legislation which is what we see today in the form of the bi-cameral house of Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Karnataka Legislative Council.
I hope the northern districts of the State will now be much closer to governance and this will ensure balanced growth and development of the State by removing social, economical and educational imbalances. The Special Development Plan with the support of all political parties and the recommendations of the Dr. D.M. Nanjundappa High Level Committee on Redressal of Regional Imbalances which is being implemented across the state should help Karnataka achieve all round progress.
I am happy to inaugurate the “Suvarna Soudha”, built by the Karnataka Government at Belgaum in commemoration of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the formation of the State. I dedicate this second seat of legislature to the people of Karnataka and hope that it shall prove to be the epitome of good governance, bringing welfare and prosperity to the common man whose interests should be paramount in our political system.
1.36: Speech ends
1.40: National Anthem
Inaugural function ends
President enters the Soudha to have lunch and rest and will then address the joint session of the assembly.