Mysuru, April 6: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his son Dr Yathindra Siddaramaiah paid a visit to Suttur Mutt at the foot of Chamundi Hill in the city and sought blessings of Pontiff Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswami on Friday.
Siddaramaiah who arrived in the city today to resume his Assembly poll campgaign, paid a visit to Suttur Mutt, Mysuru branch.
The visit gains significance in the view of the upcoming Assembly elections in the state and also in the backdrop of ‘religious minority’ status accorded to Lingayat and Veerashaiva-Lingayats by Siddaramaiah cabinet recently.
Following a visit by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah, BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa and his son B Y Vijayendra to the Suttur Mutt in the past week, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah too joined the league and enquired about Seer’s health and took his blessings.
According to political circles in the region, Siddaramaiah who is in the city today to campaign in Chamundeshwari Constituency met Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswami seeking support for his son Dr Yathindra who is likely to contest from the ‘Lingayat’ dominated Varuna Constituency in the district.
With BJP planning to field Yeddyurappa’s son Vijayendra as the paty candidate from Varuna Constituency opposite his son Dr Yathindra, Siddaramaiah wanted to make sure that he is in good relationship with the Suttur Mutt Seer.
MLA M K Somashekar and other Congress leaders accompanied Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during his visit to Suttur Mutt.-(KK)