Udupi, Jun 18: In spite of being invited by Paryaya Pejawar Mutt seer Sri Vishvesha Tirtha Swami, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has decided not to accompany President Pranab Mukherjee to Udupi on Sunday where the latter will lay the foundation stone for a private hospital as it would mean visiting the Sri Krishna Mutt.
According to sources in the CMO, the CM had other engagements and therefore deputed a minister to accompany the President.Asked whether the Udupi Krishna temple controversy was also a reason, officials said: “The CM is not a devotee of the Krishna temple, but he does go to temples. I do not think it might be the prime reason for not accompanying the President.”
Since his days in JD(S), Siddaramaiah has had a blow-hot, blow-cold relationship with the Krishna Mutt. This reached a flashpoint when the Kanaka gopura, an old structure of disputed antiquity, was pulled down in 2004 by the Adamar Mutt to make way for a rajagopuram.