Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda has said that the State Government will soon set up a “Govu Seva” commission, allocations for which will be made in the State Budget.
After laying the foundation stone for a Kotilingeshwara temple on the premises of the Siddaganga Math here on Monday, he said the preparations in this regard were on.
Mr. Gowda said steps to introduce the anti-cow slaughter Bill were taken during Mr. Yeddyurappa's tenure as Chief Minister. However, the President's office sent the Bill back, suggesting some changes such as the removal of the word ‘buffalo'.
The Chief Minister said that Cabinet expansion would take place soon after the presentation of the budget and the byelection to the Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha constituency. He said priority would be given to legislators who had not become Ministers earlier.
Mr. Gowda said Rs. 3 crore would be allocated for the construction of the Kotilingeshwara temple, adding that maths and religious institutions engaged in social work should be encouraged.
Bharatiya Janata Party State unit president K.S. Eshwarappa, Medical Education Minister S.A. Ramdas, the former Minister Aravind Limbavali, S. Shivanna, MLA, Siddaganga math seer Shivakumara Swami, and Adikeshavalu, former president of Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams, were present.
The function once again brought to the fore the simmering factional feud in the State unit of the BJP with the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who has been associated with the Siddaganga Math for long, staying away from it. According to sources, he was not invited to the programme.
The local MLA and MP, considered to be supporters of Mr. Yeddyurappa, too were conspicuous by their absence.
Government to allocate Rs. 3 crore for temple ‘Cabinet expansion only after Lok Sabha byelection'
Government to allocate Rs. 3 crore for temple
‘Cabinet expansion only after Lok Sabha byelection'