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Krishna writes to PM, seeks Bharat Ratna for Siddaganga seer

DH News Service, Mandya, Jan 20 2018, 13:12 IST
Shivakumara Swamiji

Shivakumara Swamiji

In a fresh push to bestow Bharat Ratna on Siddaganaga seer Shivakumara Swamiji, former chief minister and BJP leader S M Krishna has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking India's highest civilian honour for the centenarian seer.

In the letter, a copy of which is available with DH, Krishna has stated, "The 111-year-old Swamiji is rendering service to the society for the past eight decades, uplifting lakhs of needy and downtrodden. The seer, who believes in egalitarian society, has been preaching against the practice of superstition, social evils and discrimination of all kinds."

The former chief minister further said, "It is the wish of lakhs of devotees to see Siddaganga seer honoured with Bharat Ratna in recognition of the yeoman services being rendered by the Swamiji."

He added that Shivakumara Swamiji richly deserves India's highest civilian honour for his selfless service rendered for the past eight decades.

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