Mysuru, June 7:- “Former chief minister D Devaraja Urs had been a voice for the voiceless, poor and backward communities,” said former minister C H Vijayashankar on Thursday.
He was speaking after inaugurating the 37th Memorial Day of D Devaraj Urs and award distribution programme, organised by Urs Jagruti Academy and Urs Patrike at the Institution of Engineers (India) on JLB Road in the city.
“All the castes and communities in our society treat Devaraja Urs as their own. He never restricted himself to a particular community. Unfortunately, there is no statue of Urs in the city. We will meet Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Coalition Coordination Committee (CCC) chairman Siddaramaiah and request for his statue in the city,” he said.
“Devaraja Urs served social justice as the chief minister. Today, Urs community is in a difficult situation. The community has also demanded a development board which will be brought to the notice of the state government. Devaraja Urs donned all the roles. He did farming and knew the problems of farmers. He was a unique and rare kind of a politician. His commitment to complete any work is unmatched. Whoever may be the opponent, he was not resting until he completed the work,” he remembered.
Chairman of Kannada Development Authority Prof SG Siddaramaiah, former vice-chancellor of Kuvempu University Prof P Venkataramaiah, former chairman of Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited HA Venkatesh, president of Urs Jagruthi Academy Dr D Thimmaiah, BR Nataraja Jois and others were present. (MR/GK)