Mysuru: The meeting of Dasara executive committee headed by the chief minister, which is usually held in July, has been delayed all because of the recent political turmoil in the state.
Certain major decisions related to preparations for the world famous Mysuru Dasara celebrations including the scale of the celebrations and major events were to be finalised by the high power committee during July. The meeting would have also decided the chief guest who will be inaugurating the Dasara celebrations.
Mysuru Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Shankar said he has written to the state government seeking a date for the Dasara high power committee meeting, and is awaiting a response from the CM's office.
Dasara celebrations this year will be inaugurated on September 29. The Jumbo Savari procession will be held on Vijayadashami on October 8. Also, Dasara elephants are brought from different camps to the Mysuru Palace at least 50 days prior to the festivities . They are then given special food before preparing them for Jumbo Savari. Elephants would also be familiarised with the crowd and acclimatised with the 4.8-km procession route from Mysuru Palace to the torchlight parade ground at Bannimantapa, during morning and night. The howdah elephant is also trained to carry the golden howdah weighing 750 kg on the procession day on Vijayadashami.
Various Dasara sub-committees are formed to finalise the events and artistes for all the 10 days. All these processes can begin only after the Dasara High power committee meeting is held.
While Mysuru district in-charge minister will be the designated chairperson of Dasara executive committee, so far no decision has been taken on who would be the district minister in the new BJP government. In Mysuru, two constituencies are represented by BJP MLAs -Mr S.A. Ramdas from KR constituency and Mr L Nagendra from Chamaraja constituency. Both are said to be in the race to become Mysuru district minister.