Mangaluru, May 26: The killing of RTI activist Baliga, subsequent hiding of Yuva Brigade leader Naresh Shenoy and other slew of issues have forced the RSS to replace Mangaluru Vibhaga Karyavaha ( Divisional Secretary), Prakash P S from this powerful position.
Prakash has been recently relegated to the post of Dakshina Samparka Pramukh by the top brass of the RSS in view of a few controversies and failures marred Prakash's tenure. Prakash is also the CEO of a news paper that owes its allegiance to RSS in Karnataka.
For new readers, Vibhaga Karyavaha is a powerful post as Mangaluru Vibhaga covers Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Udupi and Kasargod districts. Karyavaha is a secretary post and enjoys decision making powers in those belts for RSS. However Dakshina Samparka Pramukh has less powers standing in comparison with earlier post.
According to highly placed sources in the RSS a key reason to transfer Prakash from this post was killing of RTI activist Vinayak Baliga after which former NaMo Brigade and now Yuva Brigade's top leader Naresh Shenoy name was picked up by the police as a prime suspect. It is reliably learnt from the sources, Prakash P S heralded Naresh Shenoy to high fame inside the RSS thus facilitating to gain mileage in the public arena.
Soon after Naresh Shenoy came to lime light during 2014 general elections by floating NaMo Brigade to galvanise support for Narendra Modi, Shenoy was made to assume the post of convener of Citizen Council. It is a prominent RSS backed council in Mangaluru that organises speeches by leaders of national level stature. It is under Prakash's interest Naresh held convener post.
Besides this, Prakash had made mandatory the presence of Naresh Shenoy in all meetings (Bi-Tech) on the requests of Naresh Shenoy. The murder of Baliga forced the RSS to rethink on Prakash. When Naresh Shenoy was feeding the rift between Bajrang Dal and VHP in Dakshina Kannada, Prakash allegedly did not bothered to stop him from doing so, instead encouraged Shenoy.
Former Divisional Secretary went on to the extent of handing over responsibility of planning of spending of election funds in general elections to Shenoy, sources in RSS said. Prakash has been backing Shenoy in all of his endeavors.
Along side, former MLA Mangaluru South, Yogish Bhat's defeat in 2013 assembly polls too had come up in the minds of RSS decision making body while discharging the decision. However this fresh move has benefited Prabhakar Bhat.
In the RSS circles, it is known fact that Prakash had cornered Bhat and power Bhat enjoyed was seized by Prakash. This turn over in the RSS puts Bhat again at the power center. It is likely, in 2018 assembly polls Bhat's favorites will be issued tickets.