Mangaluru, April 25: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also took part in the popular Ullal Uroos on Friday April 24th held at the premises of Sayyid Madani Dargah.
CM after inaugurating the event, addressed the gathering and said, it was the second time he arrived for the Ullal Uroos. With utmost devotion and faith I am participating in the Uroos. This is a historical and sacred place where people irrespective of religion and caste come to worship.
Memorising the Padayatra undertaken by his party in 2013, he said, the Congress party had organized Padayatra from Ullal Dargah to Malpe in Udupi. We visited dargahs, temples and churches to offer prayers all along the way. Our main motto was to restore peace and harmony in the coastal area where people of different religions and castes live together.
Kindness is the gist of all religions. Efforts are taking place to disrupt communal harmony which should be stopped. The society can progress only when the persons who are trying to disrupt peace and communal harmony should not be allowed to succeed. This is the message we spread from Ullal to Malpe. Luckily, we had won wherever we organized Padayatra. It proves that people of DK want peace and communal harmony, he said.
People of different religions, castes and languages, live in our country, but there is unity in diversity. It is our duty to protect this harmony. The state government is striving to curb communal forces. None should live in fear. Everyone will be protected, said Siddaramaiah.
On the demand for a community hall at Ullal, he said, I will provide grant for the community hall and also for educational institutions run by Ullal Dargah.
As the Chief Minister, I am representing 6 crore people of Karnataka. The government’s responsibility is to protect the interests of the people. The Constitution has given the citizens the right to embrace any religion of their choice. The Constitution also says that all religions should be respected, he said.
With the intention to make Karnataka a hunger-free state, we are already providing 30 kg rice for Re 1 for BPL families. From May 1st, the government will extend this scheme for APL families also. Around 1.8 crore BPL card holders are getting rice at Re 1, and APL card holders will get rice at concessional rates, he said.
The ongoing social and educational survey is being done to uplift the suppressed classes, he said.
Health minister U T Khadar thanked the CM on this occasion for granting Rs 232 crore for project to permanently resolve sea erosion problem at Ullal, 6 crore for Ullal hospital and grants to set up a jetty for fishermen.
Ramanath Rai, Vinay Kumar Sorake, Roshan Baig, K S Masood, Ibrahim Kodijal, and others were present during the event.