MLC Election: ‘Decision to contest as independent candidate not impulsive’


Team Udayavani, May 16, 2024, 9:53 AM IST

Udupi’s political landscape is set for a stirring transformation as former BJP MLA, K Raghupathi Bhat, gears up to contest the upcoming Vidhan Parishad elections as an independent candidate. With a fervent commitment to represent the voice of activists, he is poised to embark on a significant journey that underscores his unwavering dedication to the cause.

In a recent gathering of supporters at his residence, Raghupathi Bhat reflected on the unpredictable nature of life, stating that he had never anticipated such a day to arrive. He emphasized that his decision to contest as a independent candidate was not impulsive but a well-thought-out choice.

Despite facing pressure to contest under alternative banners after he was denied tickets in the 2023 assembly elections, Bhat remained steadfast in his allegiance to the BJP, a sentiment rooted in his enduring commitment to serve the people.

However, Bhat lamented a perceived lack of recognition and appreciation from BJP leaders, citing the removal of his portrait from the party office as a poignant example.

Undeterred by these challenges, Bhat resolved to break with longstanding traditions regarding the Legislative Council elections, motivated not by personal ambition but by a genuine desire to champion the interests of the electorate.

Drawing inspiration from esteemed figures such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Dr. V.S. Acharya, as well as the invaluable teachings of Karambali Sanjeeva Shetty, Bhat affirmed his unwavering loyalty to the BJP.

In a moment of divine reassurance, Bhat shared an anecdote where he sought counsel from deities Kalkuda and Panjurli regarding his decision to contest. Their response, affirming the correctness of his decision and encouraging him to forge ahead, served as a source of comfort and validation for the seasoned politician.

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