ISRO row: Karnataka CM wants Kalam to intervene

Sadananda Gowda said he wouldn\'t like Bangalore\'s name being drawn into the row related to the Antrix-Devas deal.

Published: 31st January 2012 04:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:25 PM   |  A+A-


Karnataka Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda. (File photo: PTI)

BANGALORE: Karnataka Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda has sought the intervention of former president A P J Abdul Kalam to solve the Antrix-Devas row.

The CM told Express he has sent a letter to Kalam. “It is unfortunate to see what is happening in the space sector. To me, it is a very sacrosanct field, which is making India thrive in communication, IT, agriculture and weather forecast. I have been keenly following all the developments in space for long. But I am disappointed now,” the CM said.

Gowda said: “I don’t want Bangalore’s and Karnataka’s name being drawn into controversies. I hope Kalam Sir will bring both (Madhavan Nair & Radhakrishnan) to a discussion table. As a politician, I want to stay away from the problem.”

The CM had tried to get the attention of former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Kasturirangan. “I had contacted him too, but he being a former chairman, had his reservations. I respect his decision as he is now engrossed in other activities in Delhi. I have always been touched by Kalam Sir’s power to inspire people and hope he will take a stand and solve the matter,” the CM said.

Kasturirangan, currently a member of Planning Commission, told Express from Delhi over phone that he will play a silent role at this juncture. “I have given my sweat and blood to ISRO for over 35 years and the last 10 years as its head. It is a very resilient organisation and must stay focused on its missions. ISRO is very dear to my heart and as a human being, I will naturally have my emotions,” Kasturirangan said, not wanting to take any sides.

Kalam is said to have made attempts to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“Prior appointments of the Prime Minister, Republic Day engagements clashed with Kalam’s travel plans. Hence, the meeting could not take place at short notice,” sources  said.

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