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Mega meet:Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa inaugurating the 22nd Maha Adhiveshana of the Akhila Bharata Veerashaiva Mahasabha at Suttur on Sunday.
SUTTUR (MYSORE DISTRICT.): Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa claimed here on Sunday that he had tried to save the mineral wealth of the State by banning export of iron ore and reiterated that his Government had not issued licences for mining since it came to power.
He was inaugurating the three-day, 22nd Maha Adhiveshana of the Akhila Bharata Veerashaiva Mahasabha here. Licences for mining were given by previous governments, he said.
His reference came in the wake of the Central Empowered Committee submitting a report to the Supreme Court on illegal mining in Karnataka. The people of the State could well compare the administration under the Bharatiya Janata Party Government vis-à-vis previous governments, Mr. Yeddyurappa said.
“I won't be cowed by adverse criticism,” Mr. Yeddyurappa stated, in an obvious reference to the flak he had drawn on mining issue and, probably, also dissidence within the party. No one could point a finger towards him in matters relating to administration of the State as he had concentrated on all aspects of development, he said.
“I will make Karnataka a model in the country (in terms of development) in the next two years with people's support,” he said.
Efforts were made to make him a “sacrificial lamb” by certain elements, he said without elaborating. However, as Chief Minister he had carried on with guts and gumption tiding over all adversities. Sailing through the no-trust motion against the Government was one of them, he said.
The religious tenets of the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community had all ingredients of secularism embedded in it, and based on this model the BJP Government endeavoured to provide social justice to all.
The Government wanted to usher in equality of all religions and people based on the ‘Anubhava Mantapa' model of the social reformer of the 12th century Basaveshwara.
He praised Basaveshwara as the ‘Vishwamanava' (universal human being) and said the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community stood for tolerance. The State Government had accorded priority to education in the last three years. Shivakumara Swami of Siddaganga Math said a new society needed to be created where the progress of all in society in all fields, such as social, political, educational could be ensured.
Meanwhile, Mr. Yeddyurappa, before leaving for Suttur, held a meeting with Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath and senior officials of the Department of Mines in Bangalore on Sunday to prepare the State Government's reply to the Supreme Court by April 21 on the steps taken to check illegal mining.
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