Belthangady, Feb 22, 2017 :All eyes were on MLC and Chief Whip of State Legislative Council Ivan D’Souza as he arrived in Dharmasthala on February 22, Wednesday and paid a visit to the Shree Manjunatha Swamy Temple. There were anticipations that Ivan would take a vow before Lord Manjunatha that he was not the cause of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah skipping his visit to Shree Gokarnanatha Shrine at Kudroli during the last Dasara celebrations.
However, Ivan reportedly did not take a vow and instead told the waiting media men that this was only a personal visit and that he has offered prayers to Lord Manjunatha. He also went on to say that the Lord himself will take care of everything.
It may be recalled here that when the Kudroli Shree Gokarnanatha Shrine in Mangaluru was celebarting Dasara last year, the CM who was in the city was supposed to visit the shrine. Reports also said senior leader Janardhana Poojary too was all set to welcome the CM who however had skipped the visit to the shrine and instad had headed straight to MLC Ivan D’Souza’s residence.
Later, Poojary during one of his press meets had blamed Ivan for the CM cancelling his vist to the shrine. Ivan who had denied the allegations had even declared that he was ready to take a vow before Lord Manjunatha that he was not at fault.
Yeddy should stop dreaming : Ivan during his interaction with the media, launched a tirade against State BJP Chief and former CM Yeddyurappa and asked him to stop dreaming of becoming the CM of the state.
With regard to the BJP allegations that the CM had paid kickbacks to the governmeent to save his chair, Ivan came to the resue of the CM and denied the allegations.
He also spoke about the government plans of increasing the free rice provided under Anna Bhagya from the present 5 kg to 8 kg.
Ivan later met Dr D Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala.