Udupi: About 50,000 devotees will wear the Datta Mala as part of the Datta Mala Abhiyan in Chikmagaluru, said Sharan Pumpwell, Convener of Bajrang Dal.
He was addressing the press meet at the Press Club here on December 10. Datta Mala Abhiyan will be held at the Datta Peetha for six days from December 16.
As part of the Datta Mala Abhiyan, Sankeerthan Yatra and religious meets will be held. Women will carry out the Sankeerthan Yatra from Bolarameshwara Temple to Kamadhenu Ganapathy temple on December 22. Ganahoma, Durgahoma and religious meets will be held at the Datta Peeta as part of the Sankeerthan Yatra.
On December 23, a shobha yatra will be held at Chikmagaluru. Around 50,000 devotees from across the state will arrive for the Datta peeta on December 16 and take part in various religious rituals. 15,000 Datta Maladharies will be attending from Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Kasargod and Kodagu districts.
“After coming to power, the Congress government has tried to restrain the Hindu community by lifting ban on cow slaughtering. Theft of cows has become common and there is no system to hear the woes of people. The government withdrew the anti-cow slaughter bill framed by the previous BJP government. The government is targeting Hindu organisation members and has been imposing the Goonda Act on them without serving a notice.” Pumpwell condemned the state government’s decision to withdraw cases against the members of Popular Front of India (PFI). “The Congress government is playing with the sentiments of the people by banning astrology programmes in TV shows,” he added.
Sharan Pumpwell also condemned the move of sending Kankanady Police Inspector Pramod on leave after the arrest of a rape accused. He expressed concern over the good police officials after the Congress came to power and criticised them of playing vote bank politics. He also opposed the visit of Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik to Mangaluru. “The state government banned Dr Praveen Bhai Thogadia and Dr Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat for Hindu religious programmes, but the same government is allowing anti-Hindu preachers to visit. This is condemnable,” he added.
Assistant convener of Bajrang Dal Mangaluru region – Sunil K R, Udupi Convener – Dinesh Mendon and Vijay Goliyangadi were present.