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2.5 lakh laddus to be distributed on Vaikunta Ekadashi

Bangalore: S.N. Krishnaiah Setty may have lost his position as Muzrai Minister, but his love for “godly” work seems to be intact. The former Minister will be distributing 2.5 lakh laddus to devotees in all major temples in Karnataka on Vaikunta Ekadashi day which falls on December 28.

The former Minister, who had stirred a controversy last year by issuing a Government Order to distribute laddus in temples, has this time made it a personal affair. He told The Hindu that his family was spending about Rs. 25 lakh on preparation of laddus, which is under way at a choultry in Chamarajpet employing 300 cooks.

However, big help was coming from his old colleagues. While Somashekhar Reddy, Chairperson of Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF), had gifted 100 tins of ghee, Murugesh Nirani, Minister for Medium and Large Scale Industries, had given 50 sacks of sugar.

“I am doing this for the good of the people of Karnataka. Laddus are Thimmappa’s favourite,” Mr. Setty told The Hindu.

Mr. Setty, while he was the Minister, had ordered Ganga Jal (Ganga water) to devotees in all 177 taluks of the State on Mahashivaratri. Two tankers carrying 50,000 litres of Ganga water were brought to Bangalore for this purpose. A calendar with Lord Shiva’s image was also distributed among devotees on Shivarathri day. In another controversial move, Mr. Setty had ordered all temples to perform special pujas immediately after the solar eclipse.

Mr. Setty planned to continue the Ganga water distribution tradition. “I will continue this practice whether or not he is in power,” he said.