Mangaluru, 6th October 2017: A delegation comprising top Congress leaders called on Srimad Samyamindra Thirtha Swami, the Matadhipathi of Shree Kashi Math Samsthan this morning at Konchady Shree Kashi Math to seek the seer’s blessings for the party’s new door-to-door campaign.
Srimad Samyamindra Thirtha Swami has been residing at the Math’s branch temple at Konchady in the city for the last two months as part of his annual ‘Chaturmasya Vritham’ – the extended monsoon camp.
The delegation comprised leading Congress big wigs like Kerala MP, ex-minister, present Karnataka state Congress in charge K. C. Venugopal, Dakshina Kannada district in charge minister B. Ramanath Rai, minister for food and public distribution U. T. Kadher, Mangalore South MLA J. R. Lobo, AICC member Kerala state and MLA P C Vishnunath and MLC Ivan D’souza.
K. C. Venugopal is on a visit to the city for the formal launching of ‘Mane Manege Congress’, a door-to-door campaign in preparation for the upcoming state assembly elections which is scheduled for early next year.
Interestingly the one to receive the Congress delegation at the temple proved to be their arch rival Vedavyas Kamath, President of BJP Mangaluru south assembly constituency who happens to be actively involved in the temple activities. On seeing the approaching delegation Vedavyas Kamath very graciously put party differences aside and personally escorted the distinguished visitors into the presence of the swamiji.
Srimad Samyamindra Thirtha Swami cheerfully gave audience to the Congress leaders and blessed them with fruits and mementos. Shree Kashi Math Samsthan is an important religious sect belonging to Gowd Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) community which has a sizeable presence in this region. GSBs are seen as largely pro BJP and the party has traditionally reserved the Mangalore South MLA seat for GSB candidates, while the Congress has done the same for Roman Catholic candidates.
Hence this surprise visit of the Congress leaders to the Swamiji’s camp might be the party’s attempt to win over the GSB voters to its side for the coming polls.