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Five rupee Doctor to contest as independent in Karnataka elections

Five rupee Doctor to contest as independent in Karnataka elections

Mandya: Mandya Assembly segment, known for its extravagant poll campaign expenditure incurred by major party candidates is witnessing a true son of the soil testing the electoral waters.

Dr. Shankare Gowda charges only Rs 5 per patient for a ‘complete package’ which include a thorough checkup, consultation, prescription and medicine including injection, if needed and is hugely popular in this region for the past 35 years.

A native of Shivalli and resident of Bandi Gowda Layout, has an enormous fan base across the district. He had neither increased the fee nor joined any private hospitals in spite of good pay-packages offered to him.

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Accompanied by his wife Rukmini, daughter Ujwala and others, he visited the taluk office and submitted the nomination papers for Mandya Assembly constituency.

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The MBBS graduate from highly reputed Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, has also done his PG Diploma in Venereology and Dermatology (DVD). He attends to at least 500 patients at his village and clinic in the town every day.

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. But neither of them offered him a ticket and he decided to go at it alone.

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

Source: UNI
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  1. People like him deserve to be elected.
    I wish him all the success.

  2. Prfession should be practiced in proper manner . Even you give free treatment there must be proper place and decorum to examine and conduct tests (clinical) . Taking history and clincal examination in open is unethical and un dignified . I hope this doctor wil follow some etiquette in the interest of patients and profession .

  3. Very true sir.. Do free but properly.. Profession deserves respect..

  4. I have seen Primary Health Centres with hardly any facility.
    Not even a doctor.
    Here at least the doctor is doing his duty giving treatment to the poor and needy.
    I fail to understand what is unethical or undignified or lack of etiquette in doing so?
    If you feel so much for all these petty things, I am sure you could donate him a small room or hut or what ever.

  5. Don\’t tell me that he is contesting elections and can\’t afford a small place… Every profession has its respect n rules.. Is it OK that a Dr examines u wearing unethical dress..

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    Fathima Anthony April 30, 2018, 5:08 pm

    Good, he has to win, he will definitely do good when he has power and money, God bless

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