UDUPI: Udupi MLA Raghupathi Bhat has opened his new office the Rajmahal building close by the Malpe bus stand on Monday. This latest move by the MLA on the pretext of helping people of Malpe who otherwise will have to travel all the way to his Udupi office, is believed to be made with an eye on the elections to the Udupi Assembly as well as Udupi TMC, likely to be held within the next seven to eight months.
Sources say the main intention behind opening the office was to woo the fishermen community, who, Bhat is fully aware were inclining towards the Congress. Here it is worth mentioning that the Congress had gained a significant number of votes in the booths in Malpe and around and also in Udupi in the recent Parliamentary elections. This was considered a major setback to Bhat who has been MLA for the past nine years.
This latest move of the MLA is also described as a last ditch effort to save himself and his party being fully aware that the BJP was sure to lose its base in the next elections, if efforts are not put in right now.