He made a grand political entry into the city. After being externed from Hyderabad by Telangana government and getting the verdict reversed by Telangana high court, Swami Paripoornananda, often touted as the Yogi Adityanath of Telangana, was given a rousing reception by local BJP leaders at various temples and other sites he visited that day.

Paripoornananda campaigned for BJP in about 50 assembly seats, but strangely enough, soon after results were announced on December 11, he disappeared from Telangana’s political landscape. He is nowhere to be seen now, even as the political weather picks up steam ahead of Lok Sabha elections.

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The Kakinada Sree Peetham seer has been neither seen in party meetings nor making comments post assembly elections. When he joined BJP in October last year, it was considered a shot in the arm for BJP with many hoping his presence would help garner ‘Hindutva’ votes. But nobody within the party has any clue as to where Swami is, and why he disappeared from the political scene.

Generally, whosoever joins a political party, attends important meetings such as the core committee, or interacts with leaders at the party offices. Paripoornananda visited BJP headquarters at Nampally twice after joining the BJP, once after joining the party, and later for a press meet. But since December 11, he has been missing. He did not make an appearance even when BJP national president Amit Shah came to Nizamabad last week to address party workers’ cluster meeting.

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Sources said the reason his disappearance could be disappointment over the assembly election results, in which the BJP could retain only one of the five seats it held. “We thought he was in touch with national leaders, but later realised that it was not the case,” a senior leader of the state BJP told #KhabarLive.

Sources said the party initially thought of fielding Paripoornananda, the founder of Rashtriya Hindu Sena, from Lok Sabha constituencies like Malkajgiri, Hyderabad, Medak or Zahirabad. However, since he is not in touch with the party, his name did not come up for discussion, another party leader said.

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When asked about Paripoornananda’s disappearance, state BJP president K Laxman said he too was unaware of the seer’s whereabouts. Paripoornananda was not available for comment despite repeated attempts to contact him. #KhabarLive