MANGALORE : As the date of election for the post of the DK District Kannada Sahitya Parishat is drawing closer, hectic lobbying is on to bag the coveted post even while the immediate past President Pradeep Kalkura is hell bent upon occupying the post once again, even after serving as the Parishat chief for over a decade.
The last date for filing the nomination is March 21 while the elections will be held on April 29. Apart from Kalkura, this time several including MG Hegde, Sarvottam Anchan, Mahesh R Nayak, Bhuvanabhirama Udupa and Mohandas Suratkal are in the race.
As of now the mood is against Kalkura who was brought to the post by his one time confidante Harikrishna Punaroor, when the latter had relinquished the post. None had then raised objection as he was Punaroor’s choice and therefore was even elected unopposed.
But in the recent past, the two are not seeing eye to eye and Kalkura who is also the unofficial spokesperson of Udupi Mutt is considering the Sahitya Parishat as his ancestral property and himself as its lifelong President.
Kalkura’s tenure has ended on February 27 and has expressed his desire to be president once again though there is growing resentment among the Parishat members themselves over the lack of transparency in the activities of the Parishat which is evident with the non-holding of the annual general meeting since eight to ten years and non presentation of annual account statements. Moreover, the caste factor is predominant here as out of the 3000 members of the Parishat, only fifty belong to backward class and minority groups
It is also a surprise that the majority of banks here which provide sponsorship to the Parishat programmes have until now not demanded any transparency in the dealings of the Parishat.