Hassan: The young scion of the Mysuru royal family, Yaduveer Srikanta Datta Wadiyar on Saturday put all speculation to rest about his political ambitions, saying firmly that he had no intention of entering politics.
“To serve people, you don't have to only enter politics. There are other fields too where you can serve society," he said. Mr Yaduveer, who was here to take part in the Teacher's Day celebrations organised by the Hassan Kannada Sahitya Parishat, called all talk about his entry into politics mere speculation, and said it came as news to him that he was supposedly hoping to contest the Lok Sabha elections. Refuting such media reports, he said he did not have any such plans.
Asked whether he would consider contesting elections in future, he refused to comment. Mr Yaduveer was responding to reports by some television channels that the Bharatiya Janata Party was interested in fielding him from Mandya in the coming Lok Sabha poll. Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah's visit to the royal family during his recent visit to Mysuru added fuel to the speculation.
There have also been rumours that Mr Yaduveer's mother, Pramoda Devi Wadiyar could contest from either Mysuru or Mandya in the Lok Sabha poll.
Mr Yaduveer's father, the late Srikanthadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar had represented Mysuru in the Lok Sabha both as a Congress party and Bharatiya Janata Party member.
Meanwhile, Mr Yaduveer is expected to visit Kodagu and assess the damage suffered by the district during the recent heavy rainfall and landslides....