Give me books, not bouquets or garland: Mangaluru City North MLA

 Mangaluru City North MLA Dr Y Bharath ShettyMangaluru City North MLA Dr Y Bharath Shetty
MANGALURU: My Sincere Request. Would be glad to receive a book instead of a bouquet. A Bouquet can last for a day, but a Book will last till the cause is accomplished – this tweet by Mangaluru City North MLA Dr Y Bharath Shetty had a salutary effect.

Less than 24-hours after this tweet, organisers handed over notebooks to Dr Bharath when he attended a function to lay a foundation stone for the Kulai fishing harbour and other NH projects.

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The accompanying picture with the tweet made the MLAs intention clear. Hara, Thurai, Bouqetgallu beda, Notes pustaka kodi, Makkalige Hanchona (Don’t want garland, bouquets, give notes book instead, let’s distribute it to children). With his personal staff coordinating with the organisers in advance, the message is sent to avoid all the trappings that formal greeting which marks any government or other functions that elected representative to attend.

Making a start in this regard was MT Krishna Babu, chairman, New Mangalore Port Trust who gave the MLA notebooks instead of the flower bouquets that was handed over to the other guests. “This was the first function that I’m attending after the Tweet,” Dr Bharath told TOI, adding, he finds it much more meaningful to help further the educational aspirations of the students and notebooks play an important role in this direction.

Incidentally, former J Krishna Palemar, who then ministered for forest and environment and had represented Mangaluru City North constituency as MLA had requested organisers of functions to avoid giving him flower bouquets for the simple reason that they are mostly wrapped using plastic. The MLAs’ tweet thus far has been retweeted 12 times and liked by 91 Twitteratti Dr Bharath hoped his initiative would help more students.

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