Siddaramaiah draws parallel between Nalwadi, ex-CM

Siddaramaiah draws parallel between Nalwadi, ex-CM

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and a host of dignitaries, who participated in the inaugural function of the year-long birth centenary celebrations of former chief minister D Devaraja Urs on Thursday, sang paeans of the latter describing him as the messaiah of backward classes.

In his address at the Open Air Theatre, Manasagangotri, the chief minister said Urs practised what he preached by implementing the recommendations of L G Havanur Commission  and gave due opportunities for the people from backward classes.

Siddaramaiah said a secular and egalitarian society could be built only on the citadel of reservation, promising equality at all levels — be it in education, society or even politics.
Drawing an analogy between the erstwhile ruler of Mysore Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar and Devaraja Urs, the chief minister said, while Wadiyar introduced reservation, Urs ensured social justice during his tenure as chief minister.

MLA  Ramesh Kumar recalled an incident when the Central government had initiated a judicial probe against Urs, alleging that he had amassed huge wealth. Among 28 charges made against Urs, only two were directly related to him.

At a time when power had remained the preserve of a few people, Urs brought in a change, that probably opened the doors to all, irrespective of communities, he said.
Revenue and District In-charge Minister V Srinivas Prasad credited Urs for bringing in revolutionary changes in State politics.

Dance ballet
A dance ballet for the theme song was performed by a troupe of artistes, led by Sridhar Jain of Nimishamba School of Dance.