KARNATAKA

No change in stand, says Dharam Singh

Management of Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple

Staff Correspondent

TORANAGAL (BELLARY DISTRICT): Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh on Thursday said there is no change in the stand of the State Government with regard to the Krishna Mutt/Temple issue.

"There is no controversy over the matter. Already Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash, who also holds the Revenue and Endowment portfolios, has clarified [the position] and there is nothing for me to add in the matter," Mr. Singh said.

He was responding to questions from presspersons during a brief halt at the Jindal airport for refuelling the helicopter. The Chief Minister, accompanied by Karnataka High Court Chief Justice N.K. Sodhi and the Ministers M. Mallikarjun Kharge and H.K. Patil, was on his way to Jewargi to inaugurate a court building there.

Prakash's stand

Mr. Prakash said in Bangalore recently that the Government is committed to taking over the Krishna Mutt/Temple and will not succumb to any pressure in the matter.

He also turned down the request of Sri Visvesha Tirtha of Pejawar Mutt in Udupi to hold talks with the heads of the Ashta Mutts to resolve the issue concerning the management of Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple.

Sri Visvesha Tirtha, while expressing surprise over Mr. Prakash's statement, recalled that Mr. Prakash had agreed to hold talks with him on the issue after his (swamiji's) return to Bangalore.

When the Chief Minister's attention was drawn to the statement of Sri Visvesha Tirtha that, left with no alternative, he would approach the courts, he merely said, "Going to court is left to the swamiji."

Joint survey

On the territorial dispute with Tamil Nadu over an island near Hogenakkal Falls, he said the State has agreed to undertake a joint survey to determine the boundary.

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