Writer Devanoor Mahadev has called upon the voters of the region to cast their vote to bring about a change in the region.
Inaugurating the 77 birth anniversary of renowned writer late P. Lankesh, Mr. Mahadev said the coastal region had been voting for the Bharatiya Janata Party for several years now. There was a need for the electorate to vote out the BJP and start the movement to end the maladministration of the BJP-ruled Government here.
“They (BJP) asked you to give a chance to govern and when you gave them the chance look at what they have done. The party has lost the sense of shame and dented the image of the Legislature,” he said.
He referred to an incident in Mysore when S.A. Ramdas, who had still not become the Minister, was taken to task by a loyal BJP activist for allowing “Operation Kamala”. “There are many such activists in this region who are equally angry over the way the Operation Kamala has spoilt the image of the party.” The byelection to the Udupi-Chickmagalur Lok Sabha seat provides an opportunity to show the anguish, he said. “The time has come for you to liberate us from the BJP's misrule,” he said.
Parvathish, editor of Lankesh Patrike, spoke about the concern Lankesh had towards development of language and culture of the State. Reading out an article about Mangalore published by Lankesh in 1985,
Mr. Parvathish said it reflected the state of confusion in the common man in the region who had been caught between dictates of powerful people and Daivaradhane. Lankesh had the ability to portray the turmoil in a person.
The paper continued to be the mouthpiece of the common man and it would fight for the protection of democratic values, he said.
The day-long programme included a session on “Karavali Edurisuttiruva Bikkattugalu” followed by sessions on “Karnatakada Tallanagalu”, and “Sama Souharda Karnataka”. A book titled Panchali was released.
Chief Editor of Lankesh Patrike Gowri Lankesh and K.L. Ashok from Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike were present.