Karnataka 2018

‘Five rupees doctor’ enters poll battle in Mandya

Shankare Gowda, popularly known as ‘Five Rupees Doctor’, submitting his nomination papers for Mandya Assembly constituency election in Mandya on Monday.  

The Mandya Assembly segment, known for its extravagant poll campaign expenditure, will see ‘Five Rupees Doctor’ Shankare Gowda entering the electoral battle on Monday.

Dr. Gowda, a native of Shivalli and resident of Bandi Gowda Layout, has an enormous fan base across the district as he has been charging just ₹5 a person for a ‘complete medical package’ for the past 35 years. Neither had he increased charges nor joined private hospitals in spite of good pay-packages offered to him.

Accompanied by his wife Rukmini, daughter Ujwala and others, he visited the taluk office and submitted the nomination papers for Mandya Assembly constituency. The skin specialist remitted the deposit amount of ₹10,000 with coins of ₹5 that he had collected. The MBBS graduate from Kasturba Medical College of Manipal, has also done his Diploma in Venereology and Dermatology (DVD). He attends to at least 500 patients at his village and clinic in the town every day. He charges just ₹5 for a checkup, consultation, prescription and for an injection.

This skin specialist, say many, has magical hands that could treat any skin ailments and sexual diseases. His popularity has reached every corner of the district. Whether clad in a ‘lungi’ and transplanting seedlings/cultivating crops at his farmland or walking on streets even with his family, people instantly join their hands and say ‘Namaste doctor’ when they see him. They often ask about prescriptions for leprosy, itching sensations or sexual health issues.

The constituency is ridden with problems. This prompted him to contest, he told presspersons. Initially, he was anticipating the ticket from his parent party JD(S). He was also expecting a ticket from the BJP. And, following the pressure, he resorted to contest as an Independent.

Dr. Gowda had represented Mandya Zilla Panchayat from the local constituency on a JD(S) ticket during the last term.

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