Chief minister Jagadish Shettar on Wednesday ridiculed the ‘jinx’ that allegedly surrounds this hilly district. The jinx says that any chief minister who visits Chamarajanagar will lose power. Taking note of it, he dismissed it as superstition, letting out a smile at the journalists who were waiting outside the helipad as he arrived here for a day’s visit.
“I have no belief in superstitions. I believe only in God and elders. Chamarajanagar is as important to me as every other district or town in the state. I have come here to see how best and how fast we can develop Chamarajangar town as well as the district. My first priority is to solve drinking water problems and take up employment-generating activities. So jinx or no jinx, nothing will stop me from developing the district,” he said.
“Chamarajanagar is nothing new to me as a minister and speaker of the assembly, I have visited it a few times and there was no effect of jinx at all. From minister, I have become speaker and from speaker, chief minister,” Shettar said.
“How many chief ministers have lost power in the past who have not visited Chamarajanagar? Power is not eternal — it comes and goes. There is no need to add any colour or undue political dimension to this visit. As a head of the state executive, I have to travel to all districts and Chamarajanagar visit is nothing special.”
From the helipad, the CM’s entourage went to Malay Mahadeshwara temple and offered pooja to the presiding deity of the town. He was accompanied by his wife Shilpa Shettar, son, district in-charge minister V Somanna, cabinet colleague SA Ramadas and other officials. He later launched works of Rs15.14 crore and laid foundation stone for other developmental works, to the tune of Rs2.42 crore.
Locals unhappy with CM
Local developmental activists were not happy with the visit of the chief minister to Chamarajanagar. They firmly believe that Jagadish Shettar was here to prove that their town was jinxed. “As per the political situation prevailing in the state, Shettar might have to lose power in a few weeks. This will again brand Chamarajanagar as jinxed. Shettar can conveniently blame Chamarajanagar for his losing chair. His intentions may be good but his timing of visiting Chamarajanagar was bad,” said a town elder, Govinde Gowda .