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Krishna Palemar -- By Florine Roche

Krishna Palemar: Journey from a Travel Agent to State Minister

Exclusive Interview with Florine Roche
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Jun 18: Businessman turned politician Krishna J Palemar dons the role of a Minister with ease and aplomb as is expected of him.    Widely credited for bringing the BJP to power for the first time in the history of Mangalore City Corporation, two-time MLA Palemar is modest about his accomplishments and is clear-cut about his priorities i.e. to make Dakshina Kannada a model district.

The people of the district feel that Palemar has been rewarded handsomely for the good work he has done as a MLA.  In a free-wheeling chat to Daijiworld, Palemar, Minister for Fisheries, Ports and Inland Water Transport; Small Savings and Lotteries who is also the District-in-charge Minister for Dakshina Kannada and Madikeri, discusses about his childhood days, his entry into politics and his subsequent elevation to a cabinet rank Minister in the Yedyurappa-led BJP Government.  

When BJP received a setback in Dakshina Kannada you have been able to win by a thumping margin in the recent elections.  What do you attribute your success to?


As a MLA from the erstwhile Surathkal constituency I have worked hard for the betterment of the constituency and its people.  An elected representative should be easily accessible to the common people and I ensured that the people of my constituency could come to me any time.  Coming from a poor family I did not forget my roots and mingled freely with all sections of the society.  Their love, respect and trust has been the main cause of my victory.

Q.  Does it mean to say that you have been accepted by all sections of the society…. 

A. From a victory margin of 3,800 in 2004 I have won by a margin of more than 14,000 votes which goes to prove that minorities, educated, intellectuals and common people have chosen me to be their representative.  In the 2004 elections I had 27 wards of the city corporation in my constituency.  This year they have been reduced to 20 and I have been able to get a lead of 13,400 in these 20 wards. 

From the new wards added to my constituency from areas around Gurpur I have polled only 1200 votes.  I would have won by an enormous margin but for the delimitation as 7 wards of my constituency were merged with Mangalore South constituency. My thumping win proves beyond doubt that it is only my work which has been instrumental in my victory.  

Q.  Is it true that Nagaraj Shetty’s loss is your gain as you would not have become a Minister if Mr Shetty had won? 

There is no hard and fast rule that there should not be two ministers from the same district.  My party values the competence of a leader and rewards accordingly.  I have not lobbied with any one to get minister ship. My talents have been spotted and my work has been recognized and I am happy about it.  My main maxim is that the party should grow at my expense and not vice versa. 

It is said that you had prepared the ground work 2 years back by ensuring BJP’s victory in Corporation elections and then by installing Ganesh Hosbettu as Mayor….

It is true that largest number of Corporators got elected from my constituency as a result of the hard work done by the party workers under my guidance. Electing Ganesh Hosabettu as Mayor was the collective decision of the party. 

Q. Who is your inspiration in public life?

The late U S Mallya has been a source of

radhakrishna j.shervegar, kinnigoliThursday, October 30, 2014
i know Mr Krishna palemar face to face since my child hood. very kind heated,compassinate,God fearing thorough gentleman. proactive and good administrator. things would have not messed up if he is bit cautious in trusting people blindly around. I thnk the whole issue looks to be fabricated. he will rise again to prove his mettle. all the very best wishing him good health.....
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Keshav, NY, USWednesday, February 08, 2012
Why would he go to assembly to watch porn? Start the career all over again. Power goes into these politicians' head and they behave as invincibles.
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sushma, Nethila PadavSunday, May 01, 2011
i hate politics but after looking at "Krishna uncles" administration,i to want to be a politician... he is a role model to youngsters like us...east or west,palemar is best
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Jeetandra Suvarna, MangaloreWednesday, December 17, 2008
I met Krishnanna in September while I was visiting Bangalore, He always talks of developments in South Canara. He is a model minister who feels the pulse of people. I wish we had many such Ministers. God give him good health & strength to continue his good work.
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Elias , MangaloreFriday, October 03, 2008
I have realised how good is Mr. Krishana is he has shown his real colour during attacks on Christian. after knowing everything he was saying in  media that he is not aware
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Sujay Ram Jeppu, Jeppu/SingaporeFriday, August 22, 2008
"Krishna uncle" as I dearly address him is a down to earth person,always cheerful and helpful.I truly admire this self made,modest man,who has proved that Hardwork with commitment can take a person to any heights.He is indeed a great role model to the Youth.Congrats again, Mangalore needs a great leader like you.Hats off to you sir and wish you all the Success
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maisie, MangaloreMonday, June 23, 2008
When fortune knocked at the door of Krishna Palemar , he welcomed it with open arms, without forgetting his roots. Thats what has made him him 'GREAT'.Kudos to you for the good done to the down trodden. He has proved that intelligence with little education can work wonders.
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SANDEEP , DUBAISaturday, June 21, 2008
i dont no much personally but i have heard abt the township its really a great effort he has done to establish the township in such a barren land due to which the surrounding places got some recognisation keep goin n plz improve mangalore..... wish u all the sucess in future
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Sudhir Shetty, Dubai, MangaloreFriday, June 20, 2008
Yes. Mr. Palemar proved that hard work will gains lot. All the best for your next five year member as well as BJP Govt.
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Jagadish Pai, BAJPEThursday, June 19, 2008
Wish you best of Luck for future Sir
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Joe Gonsalves, MangaloreWednesday, June 18, 2008
I have great admiration for self-made people and Krishna is veritable example of what hard work can do. What is good to see is that this gentleman knows his roots and has not forgotten the hard days he has gone through to build a name and career for himself. Krishna mentions U.S. mallya's name . Perhaps U.S. M. was Krishna's role model. I have a great regard fro U.S. Mallya. I have visited him at his Bungalow on Ferozshah Road. Indeed he was a great man too - responsible for the all round development of D.K.. I was also in his circle of friends like Father Jerome D'Souza, M.P. and Mr. J.M. D'Souza of Times of India. Congrats Mr. Krishna. Do continue your good work and try and help the lower strata of our society. Joe Gonsalves.
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Jayaprakash Rao Bailur, Dubai, Wednesday, June 18, 2008
“Krishanna” as popularly called, Congratulations on your reelection to the Parliament. You will redefine politics through your leadership
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