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Wednesday, June 05, 2013 7:53:54 PM (IST)  

Pushed to the 'wall' by opposition, Ramanath Rai denies altering chamber

Pushed to the 'wall' by opposition, Ramanath Rai denies altering chamber

From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore

Bangalore, Jun 5: Stung by the adverse media coverage and criticism from the opposition parties, Karnataka’s Forest Minister B Ramanath Rai has clarified that he was ''not responsible for demolition of a wall in the chamber allotted to him in the Vidhana Soudha.”

The issue pertaining to the demolition of the walls in the Room Numbers 304 and 305 on the third floor of the Vidhana Soudha, which have been allotted to the Dakshina Kannada district in-charge minister, created a storm in the state Assembly with the KJP Chief and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa leading the charge against Rai and demanding an apology from the minister.

Yeddyurappa, who raised the issue as soon as the House began its session in the morning, demanded that the minister should resign and the work must be stopped forthwith.

''The Vidhana Soudha, which is famous all over the country and is a major attraction among tourists from all over the country, built by the late Kengal Hanumanthaiah is not Rai’s residence to effect structural changes,” Yeddyurappa thundered.

Replying to the Opposition’s charges, Rai said “I have not even entered the chambers allotted me till now and not responsible for the demolition of the walls in the rooms.”

''I am not a believer in Vaastu and I have not instructed any officials to demolish the wall between the chamber and a room allotted to my personal staff,” he clarified and asserted that there was no need for him to resign as he was in no way responsible.

The wall between Rooms 304 and 305, facing the Karnataka High Court, was found to be demolished and newspapers have flashed reports about the incident prominently.

The forest minister, who was wearing a green shirt on the occasion of World Environment Day, had a tough task in convincing Opposition members about his non-involvement in the demolition drive.

“The Department of Personal Administration and Reforms (DPAR) officials have changed the structure of the room,” Rai claimed.

JD(S), BJP and other KJP members, who joined Yeddyurappa, urged Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa to warn the minister not to change the structure of chambers allotted to them in the State Secretariat.

Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra, who intervened, assured that steps would be taken to protect heritage of the building.

The issue figured prominently in the Upper House to with JD(S) leader M C Nanaiah taking strong exception to the demolition of a wall in the historical and heritage building like Vidhana Soudha.

''This type of behaviour by anybody should never be allowed and the minister concerned must be pulled up so as to send a strong message to others,” said Nanaiah.

Higher Education and Tourism Minister R V Deshpande, who replied on behalf of the government, made it clear that steps were being taken to stop and restore the Vidhana Soudha rooms.

Meanwhile, chief minister Siddaramaiah, who had gone to Delhi to participate in the Chief Ministers’ Conference convened by the Centre, said the minister concerned has been advised not to do anything that will damage the heritage building like Vidhana Soudha.

It may be recalled that former chief minister Jagadish Shettar’s political secretary Shankar Patil Munekoppa had demolished a portion of the wall of rooms 340 and 340A in Vidhana Soudha.

However, both Shettar and the then Public Works Minister CM Udasi had stopped the move and got the wall restored.


Shettar Demands White Paper on State Finances

BJP floor leader in the State Assembly and former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Wednesday demanded a white paper on State finances to keep the public informed about the development expenditure during the BJP rule.

Participating in the discussion on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address to the joint session of the State legislature, he said the chief minister Siddaramaiah must come out with the white paper instead of leveling baseless allegations against the BJP rule.

The very fact that the Congress government could announce Rs 6,500 crore subsidy under various schemes, including waiver of loans, on the first day in office, Shettar said was possible ``only on account of sound fiscal position left by the BJP government.”

Earlier, Congress member Basavaraja Rayareddy said the State’s debt was Rs 63,844 crore till 2007 and it had increased to massive Rs. 1,37,089 crore in 2013, primarily due to reckless borrowing and financial indiscipline.

The State’s debt has doubled during the BJP government’s tenure on account of financial indiscipline, Rayareddy said.

He said need based borrowings would reduce the debt as well fiscal deficit of the Government.

However, Increased non-plan expenditure on account of subsidy and salaries, pensions, etc contributed to the reduction of the amount available for planned expenditure, he mentioned.

Spending on irrigation works declined from 32 per cent of the planned expenditure during the S M Krishna regime (2000-2004) to 19 per cent during the BJP regime, he said.

Noting pending of works in the Krishna basin, he suggested to the Government to allot at least Rs 10,000 crore per year to complete all canal modernisation works to ensure full utilisation of Krishna waters.

The Congress member strongly opposed a separate budget on agriculture and supported chief minister Siddaramaiah’s stand that mere token measures or gimmicks would not convince or help the farmers.

Intervening during Rayareddy’s speech, Shettar said there was no substance in member’s statements and demanded the Government to come out with a white paper on the State Finances during the BJP rule.

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Comments on this article
personal loan, Dubai
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

such a nice information you shared with us you are doing very well keep it up.Thanks!

Shivaraj, sullia / muscat
Saturday, June 08, 2013

Dont trust in vastu, trust yourself and believe in truth everything Will be all right.

shaikH MHod RIzwan, Karkala
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Did BJP have moral responsibility to question when their MLA's damaged the architect of Vidhan soudha in the name of 'Vastu' during their ruling?

Roshan, Abu Dhabi
Thursday, June 06, 2013

So many commentators in this forum much worried about Sriman Ramanath Raiji's T-Shirt. Dear Respected people of karnataka T shirt or full shirt Dhoti or paijama what is the problem??? Is white dress is mandatory for Politician? like Kakhi chaddi of RSS?? Yediyurappa always wearing Full white Dress its meaning he is saint?? Sriman Ramanath Raiji is nice & straight forward person and always worked for betterment of people of his taluk

Aam Admi, Mumbai
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Who decides which side Indias head a(North) and legs (south).Right hand towards east and left hand to the west.The geography of India can`t be changed to Vastu.A poor man does not bother about it his botheration is tomorrows bread.Of the 35 % rich 10% forced to follow and the Vastu people spoil their head by superstition. and to avoid that they follow the superstition.

Rafeeq Ibrahim, Abu Dhabi
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Wow babyanna good looking

Raghu, Bangalore
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Dear Readers, I dont understand why many are commenting on the colour of Rai's Tshirt. I doubt there is any law written that ministers should be wearing only white dress or Khadi. In any case the politicians nor politics will change in India irrespective of the dress they wear. They have to change themselves!

Peter Pereira, Pune
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Congress should call a priest and perform Pooja and Havan in Vidhana Soudha to purify the place for the dirt committed by BJP during their dirty rule.

gerald, modankap
Thursday, June 06, 2013


Societal Web, Mangalore
Thursday, June 06, 2013

You are right - one is just fixing the Gutka

Societal Web, Mangalore
Thursday, June 06, 2013

The fifth photograph from the top: Five people are talking at the same time. This is funny ! So what are we talking about here? The demolition of a wall? That shows how stupid our politicians - oh I mean our "leaders" (sic) are ! Nothing else matters here !

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Not Five Sir, seven people are standing and six people are seen making the same gesture

oswald, mangalore
Thursday, June 06, 2013

read the article b4 commenting ""The forest minister, who was wearing a green shirt on the occasion of World Environment Day,""

Tomas Richard, Udupi
Thursday, June 06, 2013

surprised to see Mr Minister is wearing T shirt during session, This shows how casual he is...Hope maturity and common sense prevails in due course.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

There is no rule prescribed for MLAs ,ministers to follow specific dress code while in Vidhaan Sabha as such let them have th freedom of wearring dress they likes.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

RSS backed politicians are love to wear CHEDDY...can they wear cheddy and attend session?There are precedents and unwritten dress code inside ASSEMBLY....OK wearing T shirt for a race,marathon or outside function for specified purpose is ok...But sanctity of HOUSE respected all the times.

KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bengalur
Thursday, June 06, 2013

There is nothing worng in wearing a green or colored tea shirt by Mr.Rai.Though Rai is in green tea shirt he is super while in his heart and mind unlike many who are wearimg white out side but various colors inside by mind and heart!!!

KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bengalur
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Wall of the room in the Vidhana Soudha is ok but do not demolish Vidhana Soudha....
Pandi lekka Raikulu pachhe tea shirted baari porlu tojoundu uller.....Janardhana Poojarlene kanneg bini boorodchi Raikule!

Vincy, Bangkok
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Dear Radhakrishna, manipal,Rai is a educated Man from Bantwal and has experience to handle the situation.Where was your culture and statements when uneducated MLA’s that you voted watching porn video at the assembly.

Dionysius d'souza, Mangalore
Thursday, June 06, 2013

My only request to the elected leaders is not to waste time on this kind of rubbish. There are so many problems and important matters which directly affects the day to day life of the citizens. We do not care whether you wear green or red shirt or face South or North, please do constructive work which is good for the state and its people.

shammi, Mangalore
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Paddu, read & understand why he wear green, then write comment

R.Bhandarkar, M'Lore
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Paad Dini 'Pacche'
Dertini 'Dhare'
Churoot Bachhav 'Aaaye'
Ijjandaa Jaaryera Ittand Kacche!!

paddu, mangalore
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Rai was thinking every one will appreciate him for wearing green T shirt. But on the first day itself Yeddi diid the "Mangalarathi" to him. :(

Nenari, Nirmar
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Unfortunatly you do not know him personally Mr. radhakrishna, manipal

radhakrishna, manipal
Thursday, June 06, 2013

green polo !!!!....Mr.Rai must have thought it was happy hour time at a local bar.This what u get when u vote for uncultured country people.

GANESH, bantwal/abudhabi
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Radhakrishna, manipal,you are insulting and abusing people of bantwal constituancy. mind your language mr.

H.L., Bangalore
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Its a shame that Congress Ministers,
MLA's and also BJP/JDS MLA's still
believe in Rahu Kala, Vaastu and other superstitions. Why cant the
Govt ban Jyothishya and Vaastu?
Minister Ramanath Rai should apologise for the alteration of his
room in Vidhana Saudha.Vaastu is
nothing but superstition.Senior politicians like Devegowda,
Yediyurappa,Kumaraswamy,Revanna and
many Cong/ BJP/ JDS leaders follow this superstition.Ministers/MLAs
should be fined heavily for the
alterations in the rooms alloted to them.Its not their property,its people's tax paid money they enjoy.

Leslie fernandes, Brahmagiri, Udupi
Thursday, June 06, 2013


Rakesh shetty, mangalore
Wednesday, June 05, 2013


Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

This is the double standard played by BJP against Congress.When they were in power Vidana Souda was used for tantric purposes and except selling Vidana Souda everything else they had done.Now they are in the opposition finds faults for silly matters against the ruling party.Never try this hyppocracy because people of the state know what you have done.Now atleast got 40 seats each and if you continue your double standard you will decimated to single digit in the next election.Be a constructive opposition and gain back the lost confidence of the people.Thanq.

Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah
Wednesday, June 05, 2013


jeevan, mangalore
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Dirty politics by congis... why congi hesitate to bring White Paper on State Finance ???

Joslyn Rooswelt, Mangalore
Thursday, June 06, 2013

frustated comments......

Gabriel Francis ( Gabbu), Mangalore
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Disturbing news. This demolition of Vidhana Soudha Walls be condemned. Public Money is swindled for personal comforts, which is very bad. Let any minister for that matter, demolish their own house walls and renovate from their own hard earned money .... we have no issues with it. Mr.Rai, what you doing is wrong... rebuild the wall from ur pocket money. - by public demand. Stay apolitical.

Rakshak, Mangalore
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Raikulu Kabaddi gobbare pothina yencha?

Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Kuniyalu baaradavanu, rangasthala sariyilla andananthe...

Kelasa maadalu agadavanige, kotadi vaastu sarayilla...


murthi, mangalore/dubai
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Dinesh Poojary....You are absolutely right.

Joslyn Rooswelt, Mangalore
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Dineshere aani niklene BJP dhakulu vidhana soudhadha ulai dhaadha thooyini....?
apanda avu MOCKERY OF DEMOCRACY attha...?

A.pinto, Mangalore
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Now don't accuse RAI i of spot fixing...he is only fixing the spot where the wall is demolished...
And for all you colour crazy
Green sure looks better than red or Blue as in light and films.
RAI you have to be our RAY !

Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

What can we expect from this heavy weight man? Tomorrow he may damage whole VS. He says he has not done it. Without his permission how it is possible? If someone has done it without his consent then why hesitation to suspend them? It clearly says RAI has done it...

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Dineshanna, what do you mean to say? He should be given office on the ground floor to avoid....?

Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

He was FISHERIES & PORT Minister, did not build a port or fish market..

He was TRANSPORT MINISTER, did not build one bus stand for the district..

This is utter useless man should first check the vastu of his nose, ear, eyes, mouth and tongue. Correct it if the positions are wrong.

He might be good MLA, not good minister. Neither good for state, nor for the district..

chittaranjan, Mangalore
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Dear,Poojari, But Rai Demolished in DK Rss. and Bhat. And At least for 10 year BJP From DK. enjoy.

Mobahisah, Ullal
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Ramanath Rai demolishing Vidana Soudha and his followers demolishing Bus Stand. yatha guru thatha shishya

Roshan, Abu Dhabi
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

When Yediyurappa looting iron ore in bellary and selling it to china through reddys and was not worried but now why worried about vidhana soudha wall????

Aravind, Blr
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Oh my God! Now i know why petrol, road tax, registration fees etc are highest in karnataka. With such massive debts it is only prudent to stop announcing populist measures to the tune of 4000 Crore rupees. Rather it is time to tighten the belt and see where the spending can be cut down to reduce the burden of debt left behind!!

simple, Bangalore
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

From this it is very clear what is going to happen in future assembly sessions -
The wall - here was a similar incident earlier during BJP - but congress or anyone else made a big deal out of it and I think the wall was restored.
Someone from earlier Govt. may be playing such tricks to put the blame on DK ministers.
Shameless people.
Is it possible for the custodian of VS to send circular to everyone working in VS not to alter\demolish anything without their permission?
All will be informed by that.
Also entire session in the assembly will not be wasted...

prakash, mangalore
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

@Rajesh Gonsalves Please explain what is World Environment Day Poor Sudheer Doesn't know all this Just know to criticize Congress Party and Its Leaders.Its clear that he is also suffering from the loss of BJP in Karnataka.

Pastor E. W. Frank, Udupi
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Dear Daiji:

BJP and JDS etc., are totally upset with the election and Congress winning 122 assembly seats. Even BJP, JDS, KJP all join to
gather they cannot be a majority. Instead of keeping their mouth shut, they are barking like dogs. No shame for them at all. They have corrupted the government and the people and they have no face to show. They did only attacking churches, people and properties. This the punishment from God for the opposition. Why Congress legislators keeping quiet. Ask them to shut their mouth and let the Congress work with the leadership of CM Siddramayya. They need not teach how the Congress should run the government. They are most experienced and they will make Karnataka as a golden state of India. Till then let the opposition shut their mouth.

Pastor E. W. Frank, Pres.
AIDCC(R), Udupi

Rajesh Rai, Puttur
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Mr.Rai with Green T looks like he is cmmng direct from pakistan cricket team practice match.

Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Rajesh Rai, sorry to say, Pakistan Green is dark green which is similar to the dark green paint colour.

What Ramanath Rai, Honourable Forest Minister is wearing T shirt colour is natural green leaves colour.

Ramanath Rai has already proved to his detractors that he is people's candidate and under his and Janardahan Poojary's leadership in DK, Congress has bounced back and except one,won all MLA seat. Wait for Lok Saba election. DK Lok Saba seat will be for Congress.

Viwer, Manglore
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Mr rajesh wide your mentality, Green Tshirt wearing not only pakistan Cricketers,Green is not pakistanis grand fathers asset

Lancelot N Tauro, Manglore
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Sudheer he wore better than your umma bharati or narendra modi...

Rajesh Gonsalves, Mangalore
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Look who is talking about the sanctity of Vidhana Soudha. When his own Ministers were watching Porn, Yeddy was fast asleep. If this man was allowed to be in CM's chair, he would have sold Vidhana Soudha to the Reddys.

abdul razak, nitte
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Yeddi is demolished entire heritage of KARNATAKA by his curruption now concerned about the heritage of the VIDANA SOUDA.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Demolition of wall of VS started during BJP rule not once or not one individual MLA/Ministers.But then BSY did not ask such question to the concerned because he belong to his party.DEMOLITION OF WALL OF VS is completely bad precedent and it should be considered as criminal activity.Whoever may be abating or directly involving such stupid things should be punished once for all.It is a attack on Indian history,heritage and culture.

Sudheer, Mangalore
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Ramanath Rai's dress shows how serious he is for his job. Look like he is enjoying some vacation inside vidhana sowda, shame on this Rai.

Rajesh Gonsalves, Mangalore
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Sudheer, Advise you to read and understand the report first and then comment. Its clearly mentioned that he is wearing Green Tee Shirt bcos of world environment day.

Ravi Ullal, Mangalore
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Rajesh Gonsalves, Mangalore you people accept whatever the wrong things done by kangress.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

T.Shirt in Assembly completely uncalled for even it is wore for a purpose.He could have been other casual green shirt instead.I completely agree with Mr Sudheer Mangalore.

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