BANGALORE: Bowing to public resentment against “Made Snana”, or the ritual of rolling over used plantain leaves, which is being practised in various temples, the state government has decided to ban the ritual within two months.
Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda made a suo-motu statement on the ban in Kukke Subrahmanya Temple in response to a query raised by BJP member Thontadarya during Question Hour in the Legislative Council.
The CM added that he has already started discussions with all stakeholders. Thontadarya demanded an end to the practice of closing the Nanjanagud temple whenever anybody in and around the town dies. “Thousands of devotees from distant places visiting the temple will be put into trouble,” he added.
To this, the chief minister replied that he will refer the issue to the newly-constituted state level Dharmik Parishat.
Action Promised on Minority Report
Stating that he is yet to study the Minority Development Corporation’s report on the alleged misappropriation of Wakf properties worth over `2 lakh crore, the CM promised action against culprits howsoever influential they may be.
He informed Congress member Allam Prabhu Patil in the Legislative Council on Thursday during Question Hour that the government will soon take a decision on the report.
“Around 20,555 Wakf properties have been identified in Gulbarga district, which will be utilised for public welfare,” he said.