KARNATAKA

My visits to Chamarajanagar have been rewarding: Shettar

Chief Minister debunks superstition that a visit to the town heralds downfall

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar debunked the superstition that a visit to Chamarajanagar by a Chief Minister heralded his downfall by stating that he was rewarded and elevated to a higher post each time he visited the town.

Speaking at the 1053rd Jayanti celebrations of Shivaratreeshwara Shivayogi, founder of Veerasimhasana Math, at Suttur on Thursday, Mr. Shettar made light of the myths and superstitions that kept many of his predecessors away from the town.

Mr. Shettar recalled that he visited the town as Minister for Panchayati Raj and Rural Development and went on to become Chief Minister.

“I was here again on Wednesday, and the same night I received a message from the party high command that the BJP in the State would go to the polls under my leadership. I consider this nothing but an acknowledgement of my performance and a promotion or an elevation,” he said. “In future, whoever comes to power should first visit Chamarajanagar,” he said.

Mr. Shettar said it was the duty of the Chief Minister to visit every area, more so the backward districts and regions. One should not pay heed to such superstitions. He said that he had also gone to the Kittur festival and Savadatti, which are also associated with similar beliefs.

‘Commendable’

The Chief Minister said the contribution of the math to all-round development of society with thrust on providing education to the poor was commendable. The government had extended support to such religious institutions by providing funds of Rs. 480 crore.

Grant provided

“Many of the maths in the State have been serving society by providing education, healthcare and promoting social causes. Hence, the BJP government supported such activities by extending grant. So far, we have released funds of Rs. 480 crore to encourage them to work further to help the public,” said Mr. Shettar. The Chief Minister inaugurated a slew of facilities, including a solar-powered kitchen to cater to residents of JSS residential hostels at Suttur. District in-charge Minister S.A. Ramdas, Minister for Housing V. Somanna and Shivaratri Deshikendra Swami were present.



‘It is Chief Minister’s duty to visit every area, more so the backward regions’

‘Rs. 480 cr. has been released to religious institutions to aid them in their efforts’


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