Mangaluru, Feb 26, 2015: Vijaynath Vittal Shetty, President of the Hindu Samajotsava Samithi has alleged that some people were making attempts to stall the Hindu Samajotsava scheduled to be held on March 1.
Speaking to reporters here on February 26, Thursday, Shetty while referring to the recent attack on a shrine said it was only aimed at sowing the seeds of differences between Christians and Hindus and to prevent the Samajotsava. Claiming that it was not an act of Hindus,Shetty demanded a thorough probe into the incident.
Stating that preparations for the mega event are underway in the city, Shetty said people, particularly youngsters are evincing great interest and are even busy decorating the city with buntings.
On the arrangements for the Samajotsava, Shetty informed that a 300 sq ft LED screen will be displayed close by the main stage to help the large gathering get a clear view of the happenings on dais.
Jithendra Kottari, General Secretary of the Samithi said already taluk and panchayat level meetings have been convened and vehicle jathas organised. The organisers are expecting over one lakh people, he said adding a rally will be taken out from Ambedkar circle to Nehru Maidan at 2 p,m on March 1. The formal function will begin at 4 pm at the stage named after VHP mentor Sadananda Kakade.
He informed that the key note address will be delivered by Sadhvi Balika Saraswati from Madhya Pradesh while the function will be presided over by Dr D Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala. The programme will be blessed by Sri Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji of Pejawar Mutt, he said adding various religious heads will also participate in the event which will begin with a pooja of the Gomatha.
Kottari said arrangements would be made to serve refreshments to participants from far off places and over 3000 volunteers will offer service.
VHP leader Prof. M.B. Puranik who also spoke said the event aims at highlighting the achievements of the VHP and made it clear that it was in no way a show of strength . The Samajotsava aims at uniting Hindus and help them lead a life of self respect, he added.
Jagadeep Suvarna, Working President of the Samajotsava Samithi, Gopal Kuttar, Jagadish Shenava and others were present.