K'taka Guv seeks communal harmony ahead of Dattapeetha

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Mangalore, Oct 14 (UNI) Karnataka Governor P Rameshwar Thakur, who took over the administration of the state following imposition of the President's Rule, today said steps will be taken to safeguard communal harmony, especially in view of the contentious Dattapeetha campaign to be held at the sensitive Cave Shrine in Chikmagalur district next month.

Speaking to newspersons here, he wanted people to feel that they belonged to one community and one religion and keep away from narrow religious sentiments.

The Governor was in the city to inaugurate the Navaratri festival at Sri Kshetra Kudroli Gokarneshwara Temple, the first public function he attended after taking over the reigns of administration.

Though remained non-committal about political issues he said maintenance of law and order and communal harmony would be among the priorities.

Inaugurating Navarathri festival after offering special Puja at Goddess Sharadamba temple in the same temple, he said the preachings of Sri Narayana Guru was still relevant.

Later addressing officials at a meeting, he asked them to submit a detailed plan for the development of infrastructure in the state to be taken up during the next six months.

UNI

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