Minister Rai terms DK 'hub of communal forces'; to lead harmony walk on Dec 12

Minister Rai terms DK 'hub of communal forces'; to lead  harmony walk on Dec 12

 Forest Minister B Ramanath Rai will be leading a 'Samarasyada Nadige' (harmony march) on December 12 from Farangipete to Mani in Bantwal taluk in Mangaluru.

The move comes at a time when it has been more than three months since peace has been restored in the coastal district of Dakshina Kannada, which was witness to communal flare ups in the months of July and August.  

Rai, who also district in-charge of Dakshina Kannada district, told reporters in Bengaluru on Wednesday that the walk would be apolitical in nature.

All   outfits and organisations, except the BJP and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), would be welcome to take part in it, he said.

The minister had made a similar announcement a few months ago when tension had escalated following stone pelting during the funeral procession of the slain RSS worker Sharath Madivala in Bantwal.

While the walk was scheduled to take off on September 12, Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy had stalled it citing the prevalence of prohibitory orders. The government had also refused permission for the BJP's 'Mangaluru Chalo' bike rally.

"As the walk was cancelled last time around owing to prohibitory orders, it has been decided to resume it now," he said.

Interestingly, Rai chose an apolitical programme to air his views on the "volatility" in Dakshina Kannada.

Rai was participating in an interaction session with children of forest dwellers, organised by the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Before the session began, Rai said, "It hurts me to acknowledge that Dakshina Kannada has become a hub for communal forces."




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