Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: With a view to thwarting the Sangh Parivar’s alleged efforts to hijack the affairs of Bababudangiri shrine, the Janata Dal (Secular) has planned to hold a secular congregation at the disputed cave shrine in Chikmagalur district on December 8 and protect its composite culture.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, party spokesman Y.S.V. Datta said the party would seek the permission of the district administration to hold a prayer meeting by keeping the Bhagavad Gita and Koran at the shrine.

The Bababudangiri shrine, for centuries, had been an example of the country’s composite culture, attracting worshippers from Hindu as well as Muslim communities. But, the Sangh Parivar had hatched a conspiracy to obliterate the centuries-old tradition, he charged.

The Janata Dal (S) leader came down on the district administration for its recent decision to allow Hindutva organisations to hold rituals at the place in gross violation of the High Court order.

Mr. Datta pointed out that the party would shortly file a civil suit against the State Government’s action, which amounted to contempt of court.