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Karnataka: Kempegowda Jayanthi postponed following demise of former President Pranab Mukherjee

The state government has put a hold on the Kempegowda Jayanthi celebrations, following the demise of former President Pranab Mukherjee. This is the second time the festival has been postponed this year.

Karnataka Kempegowda Jayanthi postponed following demise of former President Pranab Mukherjee -ymn
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Bengaluru, First Published Sep 2, 2020, 11:50 AM IST
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Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to postpone the much awaited Kempegowda Jayanthi celebrations, following the demise of former President Pranab Mukherjee.

The Karnataka government has issued a circular cancelling all programmes scheduled during the seven-day national mourning, till September 6.

The event usually coincides with the famous Bengaluru Karaga festival. It was earlier postponed a few months ago following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the city.

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Soliciting the former President’s death, Bengaluru mayor M Goutham Kumar stated that a date would be fixed after discussions with the BBMP commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad.

Manjunatha Prasad was quoted by a popular website stating his close association with the former President during his posting as district magistrate and collector of Murshidabad district from 2004-06. “Pranab Mukherjee was elected as MP of Jangipur (Murshidabad district). I worked very closely with him during my tenure. His demise is a great loss to me, personally,” he said.

Earlier the civic body had scheduled the celebrations on September 2 and had decided to give away the prestigious Kempegowda awards to 20 people who had helped the state government and BBMP fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next date for the Kempegowda Jayanthi has still not been fixed by the civic body.

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