BANGALORE, December 11: Born and brought up in Mysore, the scion of Wadiyar dynasty Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar had made Bangalore Palace his home for almost a decade now.
After his studies at Mysore University and four terms as Congress MP representing the Mysore Lok Sabha constituency, Mr. Wadiyar shifted to Bangalore in the early 2000s.
Sources close to the royal family said the scion decided to shift to Bangalore Palace about ten years ago as his business was “Bangalore-centric”.
Attention to business
“Though he never lost touch with Mysore and used to visit his native at least twice or thrice a month, Mr Wadiyar thought it best to shift to Bangalore not only for business purposes and taking care of the Bangalore Palace, but also to attend to court cases and interact with his battery of lawyers,” said Mr. Jayakumar G., who is associated with the Wadiyar family. His presence was necessary in Bangalore to manage the affairs of Bangalore Palace Grounds.
“After his 50th birthday, he decided it was not alright to frequently travel between Mysore and Bangalore, particularly at a time when the highway between the two cities was in a bad shape.
After his involvement in politics came down, he preferred to move to Bangalore to pay attention to his business”, he added.
He took care of the businesses in Mysore and Ooty by co-ordinating with the staff in the two places from Bangalore.
“Almost every day, a car with required documents would ply between Bangalore and Mysore carrying the necessary documents and items,” he said.
After he shifted to Bangalore, Mr Wadiyar was elected to Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) twice, once in 2007 and once as recently as ten days ago.