Mangaluru, January 16: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who had arrived at the airport to participate in two programs at Mudipu and Moodbidri on Friday January 16th, but he had to cancel his participation and return to Bengaluru as he received the information that the former governor of Karnataka Rameshwar Thakur had passed away on Thursday January 15th.
CM Siddaramaiah was supposed to participate in the celebrations at Mudipu Church and inaugurate the all-India sports meet at Moodbidri the same evening. Since mourning was declared in the state for a day in honour of Rameshwar Thakur, the CM cancelled his programs.
Addressing the media at the Mangaluru airport, Siddaramaiah said that he would go to circuit house in the city and then start to Bengaluru. He also extended greetings on Makara Sankranti.
Speaking about the Kasturirangan report, the CM said, already a cabinet sub-committee has been formed, which will visit all the districts coming under the Western Ghats and collect the opinions of people and elected representatives. Post which a report will be submitted to the union government.
When queried about the launch of Bharatiya Hindu Parishat by the Puttur block Congress chief, Siddaramaiah said, Congress is committed to secularism, and any caste-based organization will be denied support, he said.
On probing about the reason behind his recent visit to New Delhi, he said, he had been there to convey New Year wishes to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
U T Khadar- Health minister, Abhaychandra Jain – youth services and sports minister, MLA Mohiuddin Bava, MLC Ivan D’Souza, Mayor Mahabala Maarla, and Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim were present among others.