Did Siddaramaiah cancel Mangaluru visit to avoid embarrassing association with land encroachments
news Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | December 14, 2014 | 1.57 pm IST Chief Minister Siddaramaiah cancelled two engagements in Dakshina Kannada district on Sunday in a bid to avoid associating with two allegedly illegal land allotments. The Chief Ministerâ€™s office however, has denied this. In a major snub to the Dharmadhikari of the Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara temple D Veerendra Heggade, Siddaramaiah cancelled his schedule to participate in the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the SDM Naturopathy College in Ujire (around 70 km from Mangaluru) scheduled for 12.45 pm. He also cancelled his evening visit to the Vishwa Tulu Habba (World Tulu Festival) organized by Sahyadri College in Mangaluru.Â According to sources, the Chief Minister cancelled the engagements at the nth moment as he did not want to be associated with the alleged land irregularities involving the the two institutions.Â According to documents available with The News Minute, Belthangady-based NGO Nagarika Seva Trust wrote to the Chief Ministerâ€™s office asking for action to be taken against the alleged illegality. In its letter, the trust claimed that 14.65 acres of government land had been granted to the SDM Naturopathy College in violation of the rules. The Chief Ministerâ€™s office informed the trust in a letter dated November 22, 2014, that the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district had been asked to take suitable action.Â Media Advisor to the Chief Minister Dinesh Amin said that the Chief Minister had to cancel his visit as he had developed a throat infection.Â The Lokayukta is inquiring into allegations that Sahyadri College in Adyar, on the outskirts of Mangaluru, has encroached several acres of land near the Nethravati River in violation of CRZ rules.Â
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