MYSURU: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced a `10 crore grant and 50 acres of land on lease for the construction of Nalanda Buddhist University and Ambedkar Research Centre at Jothigowdana Pura in Chamrajanagar.
After inaugurating the State’s first Buddhist Conference here on Sunday, he said the government will extend all support and help for setting up of the University.
Refusing to declare a government holiday on Buddha Purnima, Siddaramaiah said that he is personally against giving holidays and felt that lakhs of people would congregate to celebrate Buddha Purnima.
Terming Ambedkar as a spiritual leader who ignited the spirit of self respect among the downtrodden, he said society needs religions that preach peace and self respect.
Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said the country’s unity is above caste and religion.
Referring to the Ghar Wapsi programme, he said that there are so many castes in Hinduism and where would one go after being converted.
Ministers V Srinivasa Prasad and H C Mahadevappa also spoke.