On 30 April, 2014, members of Sydney’s Indian community, particularly from Karnataka, met with Former Chief Minister of Karnataka Jagadish Shettar, at the home of Hemanth Raju in Glenfield, NSW. Hemanth is the current President of Basava Samithi, Sydney.
Around 50 people were attended the meeting. Among them were cardiologist Dr Yadu Singh, Hemanth Raju, Paramesh Halaradhya, Satish Bhadranna, Mallikarjun Ramanahalli and Chidananda Puttarevanna.
Mr Shettar was in Australia to take part in “6th International Sharana Samskriti Sammelana” meeting in Perth recently. He visited Sydney after this meeting, before travelling to Melbourne and NZ.
Mr Shettar has a long record of public service in Karnataka. He was a lawyer by profession, before entering the Karnataka Assembly in 1994. Mr Shettar and his family have been long-standing supporters of the Jan Sangh/BJP. He was an active leader of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) during his student days. He is also a former president of the Karnataka BJP. He served as Speaker of the Assembly in 2008-9, and has held ministerial positions in various Karnataka Govts at various times, till he was Chief Minister from 2012 to 2013. Currently, he is the Leader of Opposition in the assembly.
Mr Shettar discussed matters of governance and politics with the Sydney Indian community. He felt that the BJP will have at least 20 MPs from Karnataka. He was also confident that the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) will form the next Govt at the Centre.
Published in The Indian Sun (Indian Magazine in Melbourne)