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Sunday, July 15, 2007

KRV demands merger of Goa with K’taka

The ongoing row over the assault on the Goa Konkani Rajya Ekikakaran Manch (GKREM) Convener Asha Palankar in Karwar has taken a new twist, with Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) State President T A Narayan Gouda demanding the merger of Goa with Karnataka.
He was addressing a protest rally in Karwar on thursday, which demanded the ban on the Goa Konkani Rajya Ekikakaran Manch (GKREM) and the immediate arrest of its convener Asha Palankar.
The GKREM has been demanding the merger of three talukas — Karwar, Joida and Haliyal — of Karnataka with Goa.
KRV mmbers of from different parts Bangalore, Mangalore, Belgaum, Davangere and Shimoga took part in the protest rally, which was to begin at 11 am, but was postponed to 3.30 pm due to the poor response from activists.
“Karwar, Joida and Haliyal belong to Karnataka and not a single inch of these places will be given to Goa. Instead, we demand merger of Goa with Karnataka State,” Narayan Gouda said.
He urged the Karnataka government to ban the GKREM and Karwar Gomantak Manch and arrest leaders of both the associations who are trying to poison the minds of people and divide the area on linguistic lines.
They also submitted the memorandum through the deputy commissioner in this connection. A S Nirvaneppa, who received the memorandum on behalf of the deputy commissioner promised to forward the matter to the government.Incidentally, the lack of support from the people of Karwar to the protest march sent the message that they did not echo the sentiments of the KRV.


Umesh said...

Goa is a konkani state only in books. It is better to merge Goa with karnataka as majority of konkani are settled in Karnataka & goan people support other language in the name of konkani.

They just want to create a scene & show their popularity.

Why they are not fighting for Konkan region in maharashtra to mearge with Goa.

These people keep on changing their colours. Sometime they will become marathi & may ask for merrger of Goa with maharashtra.

Kumar said...

Konkani's are well settled in Karnataka,compare to Goa the majority of Konkani's are in Karnataka.In Goa they are supporting other language instead of konkani,its better konkani's convert as kannadiga's.