Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Protest rally to rename Mangaluru Airport after Koti-Chennaya

Mangaluru: Dakshina Kannada District Congress Committee (DCC) will hold a torch light protest rally demanding the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to name Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) after Koti-Chennaya, legendary twin heroes of Tulunadu.

The Congress, which is opposing the handing over of MIA to Adani Group for maintenance, will hold a 10km long torch light protest rally from Circuit House in the city to the MIA at Kenjar from 5pm on November 18, said District Youth Congress president Mithun Rai.

It is our second phase of protest series that a torch light rally will be held demanding replacement of boards with ‘Adani Airports’ with ‘Koti-Chennaya’. We expect participation of nearly 600 party workers in the rally. Former minister B R amanath Rai, DCC president K Harish Kumar, Mangaluru MLA U T Khader and other leaders will be taking part in the rally, he said.

“They have neglected the culture and heritage of Tulunadu by writing Adani Airports on MIA’s board. Our people’s representatives are keeping mum on this. Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat had already resolved that the airport be named after Koti-Chennaya. Meanwhile, Billava Mahamandala also submitted memorandum seeking the government name the after warriors of Tulunadu. Our fight will continue till the airport is renamed and the Adani Group also should retain the replica of Tiger Dance inside the airport premises, which was replaced after the airport was handed over,” Rai said.

17/11/20 Vinobha KT/Times of India

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