Speaking to mediapersons at Udupi on June 28, the swamiji expressed dissatisfaction over the cancellation of the proposed debate between him and the professor in Mysore. The police and the organizers withdrew the permission issued for the debate on the Bagvad Gita. The swamiji said that instead of an open debate, an internal debate would be appropriate to settle their differences. He said that Chakravarthi Sulibele, Prahlad Acharya, Prathap Simha, Haridas Bhat were among others who would have taken part in the proposed open debate.
He further said that the state government should immediately respond to the grievances of the farmers. “The government should intervene and stop farmers from taking extreme steps. It should also take measures to support farmers.” He said that the government had failed to do so and the opposition is naturally taking advantage of the situation. He further said that the government should solve the loan issues bothering the farmers. The present problem involving farmers’ death should be solved on priority basis as it is more important than offering free rice to the poor. He also urged farmers not to adopt extreme steps, as suicide is not a solution for the issues bothering them.