In a significant loss to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Jan Sangh, and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Sri Somashekhar Bhat Udupi, a stalwart leader, breathed his last on February 4, 2024 night. His demise marks the end of an era as he played a pivotal role, particularly in Udupi, during the tumultuous period of the Emergency.
Sri Somashekhar Bhat’s contribution to the Sangh Parivar and the BJP was substantial, and his departure has left a void in the political landscape. His leadership during critical times, such as the emergency, showcased his commitment to the cause and earned him respect among colleagues and followers.
Udupi: Veteran RSS Swayamsevak, Former Senior Functionary of Jan Sangh and BJP, Sri Somashekhar Bhat Udupi is no more. RSS Sarakaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale, others expressed deep condolences on sad demise of Somashekhar Bhat. pic.twitter.com/T1palhv5C5
— Rajesh Padmar (@rajeshpadmar) February 4, 2024
One notable moment in Bhat’s recent history was a phone call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 25, 2020. During the 6-minute conversation, PM Modi inquired about Bhat’s health, reflecting the recognition of his service and dedication to the nation. The gesture highlighted the importance of leaders like Sri Somashekhar Bhat in the eyes of the country’s top leadership.
RSS, Jan Sangh, BJP Senior Leader, Sri Somashekhar Bhat left us today night. Bhat Uncle took lead in #Udupi during Emergency. On 25-04-2020, PM @narendramodi Ji spoke to Bhat Uncle over the Phone for 6 min & enquired about his health. #SomashekharBhat Ji was good friend of my Dad pic.twitter.com/SPY4k9WnWk
— Prof Shrinath Rao K 🇮🇳 (@ProfSRK) February 4, 2024
During the conversation, Somashekhar ji told PM Narendra Modi about the Jan Sangh had come to power in 1968 in Udupi Municipality under the leadership of VS Acharya in 1968. Bhattji was also the former president of the Udupi municiplaity.
PM Narendra Modi had met Somashekhar ji long time back.
PM @narendramodi in Udupi, Karnataka, long ago.
With the late VS Acharya, Yogish bhat, Gujjadi and Somashekhar Bhat. pic.twitter.com/sdBDoButM9
— Kiran Kumar S (@KiranKS) January 17, 2018
Upon hearing about demise of Somashekhar Bhat Udupi, RSS Sarakaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale and other prominent figures expressed deep condolences. The loss is keenly felt within the Sangh Parivar, with leaders acknowledging Bhat’s role in shaping the ideological and organisational aspects of the RSS and its affiliated political entities.
Sri Somashekhar Bhat’s legacy extends beyond his local influence, impacting the broader ideological fabric of the RSS, Jan Sangh, and BJP. His dedication to the cause of Hindutva and his leadership during critical junctures have left an indelible mark on the organisations he served.
The funeral arrangements and last rites for Sri Somashekhar Bhat are expected to witness the presence of various leaders, followers, and well-wishers paying their respects. His departure leaves behind a legacy of commitment, service, and resilience, which will be remembered by the Sangh Parivar and the political fraternity at large.
As condolences pour in from various quarters, Sri Somashekhar Bhat’s contributions will be remembered, and his life will be celebrated as a symbol of unwavering dedication to the ideals he espoused throughout his association with the RSS, Jan Sangh, and BJP.