Tributes pour in for Wadiyar

From top politicians to officials of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, people from all walks of life gathered in large numbers at Vikram Hospital on Miller’s Road, minutes after the news of Wadiyar’s death flashed on the television channels, to pay their last respects to the royal scion.

Wadiyar had been battling various health problems for quite some time and had also undergone medical procedures for weight loss. However, the news of his death came as a shock for all.

“When we held the previous meeting, he was unwell. His demise at this age is a shock for us,” said Anil Kumble, former cricketer.

Members of the two rival political parties, the BJP and the Congress, unanimously said that the contribution of the royal family to the growth of the State was tremendous. Recalling that the family did not think twice before pledging their jewellery to aid the construction of the KRS dam, BJP leader R Ashok said Wadiyar was as generous as his ancestors.

S M Krishna, senior Congress leader, expressing his grief, said he had always been an invitee for the famous Dasara celebrations and had great bonding with the family. “We fought elections together. He was a great person to be with,” he added.

Contribution

Former chief minister Jagadish Shettar said it was tough to accept that the last of the Mysore monarchs was no more. “If people in Mandya are cultivating sugar cane today, it is all because of the royal family’s contribution.”

KJP leader Shobha Karandlaje said Wadiyar considered her as a sister. “His contribution and that of the royal family is great. He was a man with great vision,” the former minister added.

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