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Udupi pontiff expresses desire to jump into electoral politics

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

A pontiff of one of the 'Ashta (eight) Mathas' of today expressed his intention to enter electoral politics during the coming assembly polls in Karnataka, saying the system "is not right."

"My intention is not politics. I have planned to contest as an ...the reason is the system here is not right, I want to contest with an intention that it should be right," Lakshmivara Tirtha Swamiji, pontiff of the Shiroor Matha, said.

"I have seen the problems, no political entity has been able to correct it...," he told reporters at Hiriyadka in

The swamiji has expressed his intention to contest theelection from constituency as an independent candidate.

However, if BJP gives him a ticket, he said "I willhappily accept it."

"If they (BJP) don't give, I have decided to contest asan independent candidate," he added.

Responding to a question, he said Uttar Pradesh was his

Adityanath is the priest of Gorakhnath Temple inGorakhpur.

Shiroor (institute) is one among the Ashta Mathas of Udupi, which were established by 13th century philosopher, Madhwacharya, who founded the (dualism) school of Vedanta.

Madhwacharya appointed eight of his direct disciples as of each that were established in eight villages around the

During the Paryaya, a religious ritual that takes place every alternate year, the puja and administration of Krishna is distributed among the swamijis of Ashta Mathas.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 20:30 IST