Shirur: Shirur’s non-resident businessman and managing trustee of Green Valley National School, Manegar Meeran Saheb, who has made tremendous contributions towards the development and upliftment of his native has been chosen as the recipient of the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award for the year 2020.

For over four decades, Manegar Meeran Saheb has worked in Gulf nations and rendered service to uphold the Kannada language and his homeland by prioritizing and contributing to several organizations that were focusing on developing the Kannada language and Kannadiga people. He has contributed to the educational, social, cultural upliftment of the Kannadiga people, despite living abroad.

He has actively engaged and contributed to Kundapura Kannada Gulf Organization, Shirur Association, and several organizations in this regard. Apart from contributing to the organizations abroad, Meeran Saheb has also organized awareness drives and camps in various parts of Karnataka, while also helping hundreds of poor families in the state.

This is the first time that an individual from Shirur is set to be conferred the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award, the trustee of Green Valley Institute has contributed enormously to the development of Shirur by providing services such as Ambulance, Garbage trucks to the city.

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Bengaluru, Nov 30: Congress Karnataka unit president D K Shivakumar on Monday said Hinduism is no one's property and the party believes in the Hindutva of Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda, and in protecting the interest of people belonging to all communities.

"Ours is Mahatma Gandhi's Hindutva, Vivekananda's Hindutva...Hinduism is no one's property....India's tradition, culture is the wealth that belongs to all of us .

We (Congress) will protect and safeguard the interest of everyone as said in our constitution," Shivakumar told reporters in response to a question about recent developments regarding inter-faith marriages and Hindutva politics.

"Protecting the constitution is our commitment and our stand," he added.

Shivakumar had convened a meeting of senior leaders of the party today on developments in the state and strengthening the Congress as an organisation.

Shivakumar said booth and panchayat level committees will be formed in the coming days towards organising the party and to make Congress a cadre based party.

The booth committees will be called "Praja Pratinidhi" and it will have representation from across sections of the society.

"We will implement it during the upcoming gram panchayat elections itself," he said.

The Karnataka State Election Commission on Monday announced polls to 5,762 gram panchayats in the state in two phases on December 22 and 27, and the model code of conduct has come into immediate effect.

Welcoming the announcement of the polls, Shivakumar said "For the gram panchayat election we are forming nine teams.All our leaders will be part of it.

However senior they (leaders) are, they will visit various parts of the state from district to assembly level.

MLAs have been given responsibility of neighbouring constituencies," he said.