H.C. Mahadevappa, Minister for Public Works and in-charge of Hassan district, on Wednesday avoided giving a direct reply when asked why he had not offered bagina to the Hemavati.

“My only wish is that the people of Hassan enjoy the benefits of good rainfall,” he said, in reply to the question by a journalist at a press conference here.

It is said that no Minister in-charge of the district had missed a chance to offer bagina whenever the water-level reached its maximum level, since the reservoir was constructed.

When asked if he did not believe in the custom of offering bagina, he did not give a direct reply.

‘Improvement takes time’

Replying to a question on the poor condition of roads in Hassan, the Minister said that the condition of roads could not be improved overnight. “It takes years. Till the end of the rainy season, we cannot take up new works. However, we will ensure the bad roads are improved and become motorable,” he said.

The Minister, responding to protests by students of Government Veterinary College demanding recognition by the Veterinary Council of India (VCI), said that he had discussed the issue with T.B. Jayachandra, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs and Animal Husbandry. “Mr. Jayachandra has met the Union Minister of Agriculture in this regard. The matter will be solved very soon,” he said.