Amit Shah calls meet with Wadiyar royal family 'courtesy visit', declines to reveal nature of discussions

BJP president Amit Shah declined to reveal the nature of discussions he had with the Wadiyar royal family of Mysuru, amid speculation that the party was seeking to enlist their support in the Karnataka Assembly polls

PTI March 31, 2018 16:38:38 IST
Amit Shah calls meet with Wadiyar royal family 'courtesy visit', declines to reveal nature of discussions

Mysuru: BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday declined to reveal the nature of discussions he had with the Wadiyar royal family of Mysuru, amid speculation that the party was seeking to enlist their support in the 12 May Karnataka Assembly polls.

Amit Shah calls meet with Wadiyar royal family courtesy visit declines to reveal nature of discussions

File image of BJP president Amit Shah. PTI

"As far as my meeting with the royal family members is concerned, I only want to say that it was a courtesy visit. However, what transpired between us, I cannot reveal it," he told reporters in Mysuru.

Shah, who is touring the old Mysuru region, met the royal family at their private palace in Mysuru on Friday, triggering speculation about their supporting the BJP.

During the closed-door meeting with the scion of the royal family or the present titular Maharaja- Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar and Rajamata Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, Shah reportedly discussed various issues, including politics, the sources said.

"Had a wonderful meeting with Maharaja Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, Rajamatha Pramoda Devi Wadiyar and Maharani Trishika Kumari Devi of the Royal Family of Mysuru," Shah had said in a tweet after the meeting.

Amid speculation in the media, Yaduveer, the 27th "King" of the Wadiyar dynasty, had recently ruled out his political entry.

"I have told several times that I'm not interested in politics. There is no chance at all about me joining any party. I'm not interested in politics. Through social work we will continue our relationship with the public," he had said.

The previous scion, Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, represented Mysuru Parliamentary constituency four times and had lost once.

Srikantadatta mostly remained with the Congress, but also had a short stint with the BJP.

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