Experienced BJP Chief Malpe Somashekar Bhat Departs Life at 89

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Passing of Indian Politics Titan Malpe Somashekar Bhat

Malpe Somashekar Bhat, a seasoned Indian politician and veteran little hand of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), passed away at the ripe old age of 89 in Udupi. Affectionately known as ‘Somanna’, Bhat’s legacy includes a significant role in establishing the BJP in Udupi. He also played a key role in mentoring numerous political figures, including the late V.S. Acharya, a former Home Minister. Bhat’s political journey was radiant with steadfastness and determination. His resilience shone through an 18-month detention during the Emergency in the Bengaluru Central Prison, where he kept company with senior BJP leader L.K. Advani, among others. His invigorating participation in the ‘kara seva’ movement for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya was a showcase of his unwavering devotion to his party and ideology.

A Paragon of Varied Talents

Outside the political domain, Malpe Somashekar Bhat was a flourishing entrepreneur and a prominent benefactor. He is cherished for his creation of Varun Piping Systems, a display of his business prowess. His charitable initiatives, usually done in quietude, won him accolades from his contemporaries and the community. Besides, Bhat was a founder member of Udupi Sarvajanika Ganeshotsava Samiti at Kadiyali. He also graced the position of a director at the State Bank of India and the Kunjibettu Grahakara Vividhodesha Sahakari Sangha.

A Void Yet to be Fulfilled

Bhat’s departure has left an everlasting imprint. He is mourned by his wife, two sons, and a daughter. Public tributes for Bhat are planned at his residence in Kadubettu. The final rituals are slated to take place at Beedina Gudde. His parting has left a profound gap in the political fabric of Udupi, and by extension, India. The intensity of his loss was voiced by Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP, and erstwhile State unit president of the BJP, as he extended heartfelt condolences for Bhat’s expiry, underlining the profound loss experienced by the BJP and the country.

Elijah Muhammad