CM on maiden visit to city

DyCM Ashoka accompanies him to Chamundi Hill, Suttur mutt

Jagadish Shettar visited the city for the first time after becoming chief minister on Monday. He arrived at the Lalitha Mahal Hotel helipad at around 11 am, accompanied by his wife Shilpa and deputy chief minister R Ashoka.

Addressing mediapersons, he refused to comment on political issues. However, asked about Karnataka Unaided Schools Management Association (Kusma) closing schools for a week, he said primary and secondary education minister Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri was holding talks with the association. He said the minister was to find a solution to break the deadlock between Kusma and the state government.

He later headed to the temple at Chamundi Hill to seek the blessings of the deity.

Speaking to mediapersons Shettar said he had sought the blessing of goddess Chamundi for the people of the state. With most parts of the state suffering from drought, Shettar said he had prayed for rains.

Visit to Suttur Mutt

Chief minister Jagadish Shettar, deputy chief minister R Ashoka, higher education minister C T Ravi, housing minister V Somanna, medical education and district in-charge minister S A Ramdas paid a visit to Suttur Mutt to seek the blessings of seer Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra. 

Son left out

While CM Shettar and his wife Shilpa managed to get inside the temple with securitymen providing the cover for them, son Sankalp was left outside the temple. When Sankalp tried to follow his parents and get inside the temple, he was stopped by policemen right at the entrance. It was only after the timely intervention of Police Commissioner Sudheer that things were eased out, and Sankalp joined his parents. 

Massive entourage

With the CM on his maiden visit to the city, a large entourage followed him throughout his three-hour stay. More than 50 vehicles belonging to the police department were lined up at the helipad. Karnataka Housing Board chairman G T Devegowda, Zoo Authority of Karnataka chairman M Nanjundaswamy, MUDA chairman L Nagendra, regional commissioner M V Jayanthi, deputy commissioner P S Vastrad, police commissioner K L Sudheer, superintendent of police R Dileep, tahsildar Naveen Joseph and others were present.

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