News Reading Practice #54

(100 Day Challenge)




Chief Minister Siddaramaiah clarifies that there will be no holiday; earlier, Leader of the Opposition R. Ashok urged the State government to declare a public holiday; Kumaraswamy says BJP is reflecting the sentiments of common man

The Hindu Bureau

Amid a demand by the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal (Secular) to declare a public holiday on Monday on the occasion of the consecration of the Ram idol at Ayodhya, Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar on Sunday said that the Congress government did not need a lesson on religion and that pressure should not be brought on the government for declaring the holiday.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in Tumakuru clarified that the government will not declare a public holiday on Monday. He also said that he would be inaugurating a Sri Ram Mandir in Mahadevapura constituency in Bengaluru on Monday.

"We have continued our culture and tradition by following rituals. We do not need lessons from others on religion and devotion. Pressure should also be not brought on the government [to declare holiday]," the Deputy Chief Minister told presspersons here.

His response came after both the Opposition parties urged the government to declare a holiday.

Earlier, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly R. Ashok urged the State government to declare a public holiday on Monday. Since several programmes have been organised across the State, not declaring the holiday could come in the way of celebrating the consecration of the Ram idol at Ayodhya by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he added.


'Historic day'

Terming the State government's decision "unfortunate", BJP State president B.Y. Vijayendra told press-persons here that Monday was a historic day.

Endorsing the BJP's views, former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said that the BJP is reflecting the sentiments of the people, who want the government to declare a holiday on Monday.

 Clearing the air: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy CM D.K. Shivakumar during a press meet. FILE PHOTO


Spar: Engage in a verbal dispute or argument.(വാഗ്വാദം നടത്തുക)

Clarifies: Makes a statement or explanation to remove confusion or misunderstanding.(വ്യക്തമാക്കുക)

Urged: Strongly advised or recommended.(ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ടു)

Reflecting the sentiments: Expressing the feelings or opinions of the people.(വികാരങ്ങളെ പ്രതിഫലിപ്പിക്കുന്നു)

Pressure: Force applied to influence or persuade someone to do something.(സമ്മർദ്ദം)

Inaugurating: Officially opening or beginning an event or project.(ഉദ്ഘാടനം ചെയ്യുന്നു)

Constituency: A specific area or district that a political representative serves.(നിയോജകമണ്ഡലം)

Culture: The customs, beliefs, and practices of a particular group of people.(സംസ്കാരം)

Tradition: A long-established custom or practice.(പാരമ്പര്യം)

Come in the way: Obstruct or hinder progress.(തടസ്സമാകാം)

Unfortunate: Regrettable or unlucky.(നിർഭാഗ്യകരമായ)

Endorsing: Expressing support or approval for a statement or action.(അംഗീകരിക്കുക)

Clearing the air: Providing clarification or resolving misunderstandings.(ആശയക്കുഴപ്പം ഇല്ലാതാക്കുക)