Those who believe in God visit Temples – Deve Gowda
Udupi: Those who believe in God visit the temples and others can keep quiet, It is left to the believers to visit Sri Krishna Math and other religious centers said JDS Supremo and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda. He was speaking at a press meet held at the Circuit House here, on October 16.
The state government is planning to bring the anti-superstitious bill in the state. I believe in the darshan of the deities and visit Temples but not pressurize others to visit Temples.
Replying to the query on allegations of ‘pankti bheda’, where Brahmins are served food separately, in the Udupi Sri Krishna Math, Deve Gowda said, “Those opposing such customs to stay away from the shrine. “I don’t want to comment on allegations of ‘pankti bheda’ as it is their custom. If people have objections to such customs, they may stay away from such practises. I had also planned to visit the Sri Krishna Temple today but could not visit due to time constraints. Next time I will schedule my visit to the temple and I have informed the Swamiji about it”, he added.
The people of Karnataka have realized the need for a regional political party to protect the interest of the state. On the reports that former ministers Srinivas Prasad and Ambareesh would join the JD(S), he said, “I have not invited them to join the party. They have earlier worked with me, whoever feels that my party is good and wants to join, are most welcome. Kumaraswamy, myself and other leaders, we have formed five teams to visit all the districts in the state. We are down but not out. We will sort out the differences between the party leaders and built the strongest regional party in the country in the coming days”.
When the media persons questioned about the statement made by Minister Pramod Madhwaraj about Rama and Krishna on being non-vegetarians, Gowda replied, “I don’t want to comment on his statement but I request everyone not to create confusion in the society giving such statements”.
Replying the recent Indo – Russia defense deal Gowda said that it is not a new thing, every prime minister has done it. During the tenure of Indira Gandhi and during my tenure we have signed many defense deals between our country and Russia, he added.
State JDS Minority president Shafiulla, District president Dakshath Shetty, M B Sadashiva, Shalini Shetty, Vasudeva Rao and others were present.
Ex-PM Deve Gowda makes media wait for five hours
Reporters and photographers had a frustrating time on Sunday as they had to wait for more than five hours for the arrival of former Prime minister H D Deve Gowda to Udupi.
District party president had sent an invite to all the media persons a day earlier requesting them to be present at 8 am at the Sri Krishna Temple. Later the media persons got information that Deve Gowda’s Temple visit was cancelled and he would address the media persons at the JDS office at 11 am. Later the time and venue were again changed to 1:00 pm at the Circuit house Bannaje. Finally, Deve Gowda arrived at the Circuit house at 2 pm. Before starting the press meet Deve Gowda apologized to the media persons for the delay.