Davangere MLA felicitated on his 75th birthday
BANGALORE: Senior leaders, former judges and a Minister showered praise on Davangere MLA and senior Congress leader Shamanur Shivashankarappa at his 75th birthday celebrations here on Thursday. Several dignitaries felicitated Mr. Shivashankarappa and his wife and presented them with shawls, an idol of Idagunji Ganesha made of rudrakshi beads and a citation.
Shivaraj Patil, former judge of the Supreme Court and Member of National Human Rights Commission, said that Mr. Shivashankarappa was reputed for keeping his word.
V.S. Malimath, former Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, said that Mr. Shivashankarappa had his own set of values.
The former minister K.H. Ranganath released the biography of Mr. Shivashankarappa and Mulka Govinda Reddy, former MP, released the felicitation volume, "Sadhana Sheela Shamanur Shivashankarappa".
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President M. Mallikarjuna Kharge termed Mr. Shivashankarappa as a secular person. He had never discriminated anyone on the basis of caste or religion.
Janata Dal (United) MLC M.P. Nada Gouda recalled an experience when the then Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde, a staunch anti-Congress leader, went to Mr. Shivashnkarappa's residence for lunch inviting criticism. Mr. Hegde had brushed aside the criticism stating that Mr. Shivashankarappa was a good friend and a host.
He said that it was Mr. Shivashankarappa, who goaded him, the then Minister V.S. Krishna Iyer and Prabhakar Kore of K.L.E. Society, to celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of Mr. Hegde.
Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council H.K. Patil said that the late S. Nijalingappa had commended the service of Mr. Shivashankarappa.
Replying to the felicitation, Mr. Shivashankarappa said he would continue to serve the State. Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly N. Dharam Singh, the former Railway Minister C.K. Jaffer Sharief, Chairman of the Felicitation Committee and former MP H. Hanumanthappa, Minister for Rural Water Supply S.A. Ravindranath and the Union Minister of State for Planning M.V. Rajasekharan spoke.