Mysore:Dismissing the jinx associated with Chamarajanagar as a cruel joke being played on poor people, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah not only fulfilled his promise of visiting the town but also brought cheer by launching developmental projects worth Rs 1,000 crores on Monday.
Addressing an impressive rally in Dr. B.R. Ambedkar stadium after launching “Manaswini” scheme for the benefit of destitute women, Siddaramaiah said, “Chamarajanagar jinx was forced upon the people and it is a cruel joke being played on the poor. It has no scientific evidence. Before the Assembly polls, I promised you (voters) that if Congress comes to power and I become the CM, and my first visit will be to Chamarajanagar. But for various reasons, I could not come.When cooperation minister H.S. Mahadev Prasad asked me (about a visit to Chamarajanagar),I fixed October 7 for the visit.I do not believe in such superstitious practices.”
Siddaramaiah said, “Chamarajanagar was the land of social reformer Basavanna and has a rich historical and religious significance. It was also famous for some of the ancient pilgrim centres.”
He regretted the fact that after the late Chief Minister Veerendra Patil’s visit to Chamarajanagar town in 1990, two Chief Ministers—H.D. Kumaraswamy and Jagadish Shettar—paid a visit in the last leg of their tenure. They bowed out of office, but it was attributed to the jinx associated with the town.
“This is great injustice and I want to set it right. I do not have any fear of losing power. Development of Chamarajanagar figures on the top of our priorities,” he added. Siddaramaiah said he has a special affinity towards Chamarajanagar district since it was part of Mysore till 1997, and that the special bond would continue.