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Bangalore: Former CM Bangarappa No More

Bangalore: Former CM Bangarappa No More

Bangalore, Dec 26 (IANS): Former Karnataka chief minister Sarekoppa Bangarappa died here Monday in a private hospital where he was being treated for kidney-related problems, his family members said. He was 79.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, both of whom are active in politics as well as Kannada film world, and three daughters.

Top political leaders in the state including chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda, JD(S) chief Deve Gowda and his son Kumaraswamy, state BJP president Eshwarappa, Sandalwood stars Shivrajkumar and others paid last respects.

In his 44-year political career, Bangarappa was in the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Samajwadi Party and Janata Dal-Secular (JD(S)) and twice floated his own outfits.

The state government declared a three-day mourning for one of the most colourful politicians of Karnataka, whom his followers called 'Solilllada Saradara' -- a leader who cannot be defeated -- but was dubbed by his critics as a party-hopper.

Bangarappa hailed from Shimoga district, about 300 km from Bangalore

Born Oct 26, 1932 in Kubatur village in Shimoga, Bangarappa was known for his Socialist leanings. He started his political career in 1967 when he was elected to the state assembly and became a minister in the cabinet of then chief minister Devaraj Urs.

He was the chief minister 1990-92 and floated Karnataka Congress Party after he was removed due to infighting in the party.

Bangarappa was also a Lok Sabha member for four terms in 1996, 1999, 2003 (BJP) and 2005 (SP).

His political career was on the decline since his defeat in the 2009 Lok Sabha election by the BJP's B.Y. Raghavendra, son of former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa in Shimoga.

In 2008, Yeddyurappa defeated Bangarappa in the assembly election in Shikaripura constituency, also in Shimoga. Bangarappa had contested both elections as a Congress candidate.

He joined JD(S) in December last year.

His last rites will be conducted Tuesday in his native village Kabatur, family members said.

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  • ashfak, mangalore/qatar

    Tue, Dec 27 2011

    Great leader may his soul rest in peace

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  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 27 2011

    He was a great politician but he wanted the golden egg and the goose too hence he lost the golden opportunity as the backward class leader.
    May his soul rest in peace!

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  • chirag kumar, MANGALORE/dubai

    Tue, Dec 27 2011

    We have lost a great leader.. he supported for weaker sections.. may his soul rest in peace..

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  • Chitrattihalli Sorab, Sorab

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    We all have lost one of the great evergreen dynamic political leader of karnataka...
    May his soul rest in peace

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  • MOHAMMED ASIF KARKALA(DOHA-QATAR), KARKALA

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    Great leader may his soul rest in peace

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  • reshma colaco, mangalore /bangalore

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    may his soul rest in peace

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  • Louis Fernmandes, Belthangady

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    May his soul rest in peace but let’s also pray to God that another Bangarappa may not be born again in our state– at least not as a politician because enough damage have been done by these bunch of jokers. Instead, let’s pray to God that we may have more men like Mahatma Gandhi and Anna Hazare.

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  • GIRISH K, KARKALA / UAE

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    S.Bangarappa is great politician & great leader in Karnataka,great work in C.M.time.I think big lost to karnataka.Bangarappa is "Badavara Bandhu".

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  • Naveen rao and elan, belur

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    we have lost an esprit and spiritual mass leader in our political territory. he is a role model to each politicians, their expelling expressions, cute angry, proper destiny goals, a deem in himself selfishness, the everlasting feeling that 'i am a young even they are in old age' is fabulous attitude. i want to say in word they had Influential personality. perhaps their soul leisure in Peace. we need your rebirth again this Karunaadu. may the god give force to bear this bitter incident. one is true and god has proven that "A dying out flame dazzles more". he is a Glorious Gold of Karnataka political Zone.
    May his soul rest in peace....

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  • Somling,

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    RIP

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  • richard dias, nada padukone/israil

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    May is soul rest in peace.

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  • SRIDHAR SHETTY , DOHA /BARKUR

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    may his soul rest in peace..........

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  • K. Vishwanath/Rohith Shetty/Sudhakar, Yeyadi/Konchadi

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    Huge loss for Karnataka state by loosing the great leader Sri Bangarappa. He is a dynamic person whenever he change the party where he made lot of shock to leading political parties During his tenure he has made lot of developments in the state. We pray god to give strenghth to his family to bear the sad news

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  • Thara.U, KGF

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Shashee, Bahrain

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    He had set up Karnataka Kranthi- Ranga Regional Polital Party soon after debarred from from Congress. That is his first set up as a regional political party.

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  • vinod, mangalore

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    May his soul rest in peace....

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  • H.Mahesha, Sorab/Bangalore

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    Sad news.......we lost one among our great leader of karnataka.
    May his soul rest in peace.
    May god give strength to his family to bear the loss...

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  • khaleel, chitradurga

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    very sad... we lost dynamic politician today

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  • rohan dsouza, mangalore

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    sad newws, we lost one good leader may his soul rest in peace,

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  • Gaurav Jeeth, Mangalore / Hyderabad

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    Very Sad News! Karnataka lost one of the greatest Mass Leader.. who would help the needy what come may!!!

    I should say community people of Dakshina Kannada & Shimoga know that we lost the only true political leader of this century today in the early hours

    May his soul rest in peace..and for sure his words and thoughts will always remain in our memories and I hope some youngster follow his foot steps of helping the needy unlike other "few" politicians who do for their fame & name only!

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  • Rathnakar A, Shirva

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    May his soul rest in peace...
    May god give strength to his family to bear the loss...
    Ultimate truth of life, which everyone must understand, especially politicians.
    If Bangarappa, acted little bit sensibly, he had the potential to be CM of karnataka till his last breath. He also made many mistakes, corruption, changed parties for his own benefits etc. Simply wasted his mass base. Many people wasted advantage what they had for short time gains, for example Yeddi, Rajiv Gandhi, NTR etc. It is very difficult to become a mass leader but more difficult to maintain it.

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  • Mahesh, Tadadi/kumta

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    We lost our greaaaaaat..... LEADER. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • IMRAN, MANGALORE- JUBAIL-SAUDI

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    Early end of a great leader.. may his soul rest in peace..!! Karnataka will miss you BANGARAPPA..

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  • Rons Bantwal, Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    Last Salute you S.Bangarappa Sir.
    I remember those days of 1993-94. given me chance to serve with u as a Gen. Secretary of D.K Dist, Youth Wing ur KCP Party. May his soul rest in peace : Rons Bantwal

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  • Basavaraj Pujar, Tavaragondi/Davanagere

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    A brave politician, may his soul rest in peace,

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  • DINESH NAIK, TADADI

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    Great Loss to Shimoga, Karwar, Mangalore and whole Karnataka.

    we lost of one our great leader .. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Ashok Naik (GURU), TADADI

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    We lost our great leader.very sad. he was an amazing person. Bangarappa's memory will always remain deep within my heart. may his soul rest in peace.......

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  • BISKOOTROTTI, Managlore

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    One of the most charismatic politicians of Karnataka,,Let his soul rest in peace..

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  • Prashanth Poojary, karkala/Abudhabi

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    He was not only a great but a mass leader,he supported the weak,poor & downtrodden section of society irrespective of their cast,creed,& religion.May his soul rest in eternal peace

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte /Riyadh

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    A sad news indeed, he is a highly ambitious,Colourful Politician with many parties in his political career. Seen a struggle for succes and failure in his life .
    "May his soul rest in peace"

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  • nagesh nayak, bangalore

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.

    HE WAS WITH ALL THE POLITICAL PARTIES LIKE SP,CONGRESS, BJP,JDS FOR SOME TIMES.

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  • Ummer KunhiMK, Perinje

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    CONDOLENCE!!!very sad news for people of Karnataka.we missed a dynamic famous colorful politician legend from the face of Karnataka politics!

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    May his soul rest in peace.

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  • shivu, bangalore

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    VERY SAD NEWS, AN ENTHUSIASTIC LEADERS LIFE ENDED. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE

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  • Venu Gopal Rao, Bangalore

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    I am truly saddened by Bangarappaji's death. He was more than just a friend he was an amazing person. He was always so kind and considerate to me that we always welcomed seeing him at every opportunity. His passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the hearts of everyone who knew him. Bangarappaji's memory will always remain deep within my heart.
    My sincere thoughts and prayers.
    With deepest sympathy, Venu Gopal Rao....

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    May his soul R.I.P.

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  • Puneet Nevagi, Kumta/Belgaum

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    sad news for all the kannadigas as all the kannadigas have lost one of the great leader may his family get the strength to bear the sad news

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  • yeshodha nanaiah, coorg

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    we lost our great leader, may his soul rest in peace, god give strength to his family.

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  • Umesh Rai, Puttur/Saudi Arabia

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    May his departed soul RIP.

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  • Haneef, Puttur / Dubai

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    we lost of one our great leader .. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Francis, Moodbidri/Dubai

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    May his soul rest in peace.........

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  • Mitwa, Sharjah

    Mon, Dec 26 2011


    Great Loss to Shimoga and Karnataka.

    Known for his strong character, took Karnataka on higher levels, Karnataka saw overall development during tenure... the same was continued during S.M. Krishna's Regime also.

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  • Sudheer, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    Great leader....but people remember him as jumping jack.

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  • Dyavappa, Yalavalli

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    Grate leader, May his soul rest in peace

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  • Ashok, Udupi/Dubai

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    May his soul rest in peace.

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  • RTN MICHAEL MATHIAS SHIRVA ROTARY, PILAR SHIRVA

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    we lost our great leader.very sad.may his soul rest in peace.

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  • amin, Mulky

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    Great leader...may his soul rest in peace.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    May his soul rest in peace...

    May god give strength to his family to bear the loss...

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  • kuppendare suleiman, madikeri /dubai

    Mon, Dec 26 2011

    Sad news.......we lost one among our great leader of karnataka.

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