Bantwal, April 25: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who arrived to the city to participate in various programs also visited St Joseph Vaz Shrine in Mudipu on Friday April 24th.
Addressing the gathering, the CM said, our country has different religions, castes and languages. But our uniqueness is maintaining unity in diversity. People should live in unity and harmony and promote peace, love and respect all.
Citizens of Dakshina Kannada have a secular mindset but some are trying to spoil the harmony of this place. All religions exist for the welfare of humans. We should follow dharma. The government is striving to protect all and promote equality, he said.
Sometime ago; when St Joseph Vaz was canonized, I wished to attend the celebration at this shrine. Due to unavoidable circumstances, I could not participate. But I am happy that I have visited the shrine today.
A cheque of Rs 25 lakh from the state government was handed over by Siddaramaiah to Mudipu shrine.
Bishop of Mangaluru diocese Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza in his address urged the CM to convert the Christian Development Board to Christian Development Commission and to grant deemed university status to Father Muller Charitable Institution which has 135 years history.
Advocate M P Noronha in his address lauded the CM for assuring to uphold secular principles and thanked the gathering.
Ministers U T Khadar, Ramanath Rai, Qamarul Islam, Vinay Kumar Sorake, MLC Ivan D’Souza, MLAs J R Lobo and Mohiuddin Bava, deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim and others were present.
The event was welcomed by Parish priest of Mudipu Fr Gregory D’Souza while Leo D’Souza compeered the programme.
Siddaramaiah also laid the foundation stone for the new building of Hira Women’s Composite PU College at Thokkottu and also visited Sri Raja Rajeshwari Siddhivinayaka Temple, in the evening.