CM delivers a ?sermon?
FACING ONSLAUGHT from the Opposition on alleged omission of the details of a crime case in his affidavit he had filed at the time of the 1998 Lok Sabha elections and on Sanjay Joshi CD scandal, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had an opportunity tonight to a give a dose of ?sermons? to his Congress opponents.india Updated: Jan 02, 2006 13:43 IST
FACING ONSLAUGHT from the Opposition on alleged omission of the details of a crime case in his affidavit he had filed at the time of the 1998 Lok Sabha elections and on Sanjay Joshi CD scandal, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had an opportunity tonight to a give a dose of ‘sermons’ to his Congress opponents.
The ‘patient’ listeners in the gathering included a number of the Congress leaders including the leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi and the State Congress general secretary Manak Agarwal, Deepchand Yadav, Sajid Ali and Rajiv Singh.
Speaking at a Christmas and New Year’s celebrations function organised by Madhya Pradesh Catholic Society at the Campion School Campus, the CM underlined the common goal all the religions offer, that is, getting to the Almighty. Tenets of all the religions manifested in compassion, kindness and humanity, he added.
He said one needed to shed all his vices like attachment, animosity, cheating, deceit etc. The leaders should be the
first to shed these vices, for if they could reform themselves the society would be a better place.
Today, the moment they could grab any issue they carried on their business like what was wrong and what was right, he added indirectly in reference to the recent issues the Congress harped on.
The CM said, “O God! Give us wisdom. For if we are upright others would also be on similar path.” Governor Dr Balram Jakhar also expressed his concern over degradation of politics.
He said the paradox in our lives was the root cause of all the problems. We acknowledged and worshipped the God but did not listen to Him. We indulged in riots in name of religion despite knowing full well that none of religions approved killing and violence.
Jakhar said there was no animal worse than man. The animals killed others when they were hungry but ‘this animal’ (man) killed others without any hunger. People sold their virtue of integrity for a few coins whereas they were not oblivious of the fact that their lives were going to be short-lived on this land. Hence, it was imperative on their part to share the grief, pain and joy of companions.
Jakhar assured the Chief Minister of his fullest cooperation to him for the development of the State. Earlier, Jakhar and Chouhan lit the traditional lamp to inaugurate the function.
The religious leaders present on the occasion include Naib Qazi Amirullah Khan, Vivekanand Ashram’s Swami Atmabholanand and Gyani Daleep Singh. Madhya Pradesh Minority Commission’s Indira Ayengar delivered the welcome address.
Fr Anand presented message of the day and recited prayer. Bhopal Archbishop Dr Pascal Topno spoke of Christmas’ message of peace and brotherhood.
Cultural programmes include Christmas carols and a short play. Others prominent present on the occasion include the Bhopal Development Authority chairperson Dhruvanarayan Singh, Barkatullah University Vice-Chancellor R S Sirohi, Bhoj Open University Vice-Chancellor Dr Kamlakar Singh, UNFPA State representative Narendra Kunwar, Barkatullah University’s Prof (Dr) Gyanendra Gautam and IG of police Surendra Singh.