Vedike opposes Ramaotsava, says violates model code of conduct

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MANGALORE: The Dakshina Kannada unit of Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike has opposed the holding of Sri Ramotsava at Nehru Maidan for three-days from April 19. The members said the programme violates model code of conduct during polls.

In a letter to Deputy Commissioner, the vedike district president Suresh Bhat Bakrabailu stated the BJP leaders have been raising the Ram Mandir issue of late and this Ramotsava should be looked from the poll angle. He reminded that ‘Souharda Sambhrama’ a programme to reaffirm faith in unity by noted litterateurs, cultural leaders and leaders in education was organized at Milagres Jubilee Hall on April 7. But the officials told the organizers to postpone the programme to June 7 in view of the poll and violation of model code of conduct,” he said.

Bakrabailu said these type of programmes are generally held in respective temples and not in a public place that too for three days. All the organizers in the event belong to Sangh Parivar and most of them have been noted to carry out moral policing and other activities which are against law,” he alleged. He requested the DC to take suitable action as the programme was intended to influence voters.

During the Ramotsava, the Sri Ramotsava Samiti will be setting up a temple for Lord Rama measuring 56 feet long, 48 feet wide and a gopura rising 28 feet from the ground and an effigy of Ravana measuring 25 feet high as part of the festivities that will see the effigy of Ravana being burnt on April 21 symbolising triumph of good over evil.

According to Pushparaj Jain, president of the samiti will be organising Sri Ramotsava for the past 11-years.

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