Although Karnataka boasts a law against superstitious practices, lawmakers in the State seem to have great faith in the role of celestial bodies in their lives and political careers.

On Friday, attendance in the State secretariat was thin with many ministers away on the ‘inauspicious’ lunar eclipse. Among the exceptions was Higher Education Minister G.T. Deve Gowda, who chaired a meeting to discuss issues related to hostel facilities for students.

With ministers away and their offices closed, not many people were seen in the corridors of the Vidhana Soudha.

Asked how he attended office while his colleagues stayed away, Mr. G.T. Deve Gowda said he is not superstitious. “For me, all days are the same, be it ‘amavasya’ or ‘poornima’ . In fact, I feel working on these days will do more good.”

The day before the eclipse, former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda and his family, including Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Minister H.D. Revanna, sought the blessings of Lord Venkateshwara at Tirupati. Mr. Gowda’s family is known to have strong faith in astrology and religious rituals.

Earlier this month BJP State president B.S. Yeddyurappa had said he would start his tour of Karnataka ahead of the Lok Sabha polls only after the ‘inauspicious’ lunar eclipse.

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