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Udupi : Pramod Madhwaraj to taste victory in BJP fortress ?

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In the run-up to the Karnataka state assembly election which is due in May, 2013, daijiworld.com will bring some exclusive articles and interviews on probable candidates of all major parties. To begin with, we bring here an interview with Pramod Madhwaraj of Congress from Udupi assembly constituency.

Udupi, Feb 11: There is a long queue of needy people every day in front of his office seeking help either for education, health care needs or seeking financial help for having a roof over their head. A known philanthropist who has vowed to donate 40% of his profits from his fish-product companies for the welfare of the poor and needy, Pramod Madhwaraj, the young, handsome, suave and soft-spoken politician from the temple town of Udupi, is a rarity, an odd man out among most of today’s politicians who are known more for amassing wealth. Pramod is a giver than taker and that is what separates him from today’s crop of politicians.


While charity (which he has inherited from his late father M Madhwaraj) is one reason for Pramod’s popularity in Udupi he has other qualities or rather strengths that endear him to the people of Udupi. What is more, once again he is going to be the Congress candidate for Udupi assembly constituency in the forthcoming assembly elections. Udupi district has been the traditional stronghold of BJP.and the Congress under the leadership of Pramod Madhwaraj is bent upon wresting the seat held by the BJP. Ask about his chances of winning the Udupi seat and Pramod radiates confidence that comes only with the sure-fire chance of a guaranteed win, even before the election dates are announced.


Cheerful Mood in Pramod’s Camp 

Yes, assembly elections in Karnataka are once again round the corner and all political parties in the state are gearing up for the impending polls. In some constituencies aspiring candidates have begun their door to door canvassing to get the early-start advantage over their rivals. In Udupi assembly constituency, which has been the bastion of the BJP for long, entrepreneur and youth leader of the Congress, Pramodh Madhwaraj is going to be Congress candidate and he has begun his campaign much ahead of his close rival the BJP.

The mood in Pramod Madhwaraj’s camp is quite buoyant this time around as this young leader is sensing victory here in BJP’s citadel. Such upbeat mood is not without reason. Even Congress’s main rival the BJP has conceded, if not overtly, that Udupi is going to slip out of their hands in the coming elections.

Young and charming Pramod Madhwaraj, who is also the Udupi Block Congress President, exudes confidence about his victory. His personality is such that he is capable of inspiring the entire rank and file of his party to rally behind him. Soft spoken but clear headed and intelligent, Pramod has a worldly charm that can fascinate both the common people, young and old and the intelligentsia alike. Daijiworld.com met him recently to elicit his response to the prevailing election mood in Udupi assembly constituency and the entire district, he sounded confident of a clear win, something which the Congress party was not able to even dream of in the earlier elections.


Sure Candidature

Pramod says his is the single name proposed for the coming elections by the Udupi Block Congress when the party observers came to Udupi recently, which means his candidature is established. According to some inside information BJP is not going to field sitting MLA Raghupathi Bhat and there is all probability of district BJP President Uday Kumar Shetty getting the party ticket.

In Udupi constituency it is going to be a straight fight between Congress and BJP and Pramod is confident of his victory on his own strength rather than bank on the anti-incumbency factor. “Last time I lost the last election by a narrow margin of 2479 votes. The impression and the feedback which I have received during my campaigning recently is that our organizational set up was weak in the last elections. We have tried to address these issues and have begun our campaign in advance. It is not just in Udupi but in entire Karnataka Congress is going to make a grand come back”, he divulges.

Pramod believes that his strengths rather than the failures or weaknesses of his rivals that would ensure his victory. As a philanthropist, Pramod Madhwaraj has been a source of support for the poor and the needy who have been seeking his help for education, healthcare and construction of house.

He has been active in solving the drinking water problem faced by Udupi district and has been trying to find a permanent solution to the perennial problem. About his preparations for the next elections he candidly says “I don’t have to prepare for elections. I only serve the people and serving the people is an indirect way of preparing for elections”.

It is almost six months since Congress begun his campaign in Udupi. Pramod has already visited 4200 houses as part of his campaign. The Congress has held seven huge functions in the coastal districts of Mangalore and Udupi and four more programmes are in the pipeline. Recently the Congress had organized a four-day long padyatra from Ullal to Malpe and prior to the conclusion a massive bike rally was organized in Udupi under the leadership of Pramod. There is a lot of buzz in favour of the Congress in Udupi.

This clearly shows that the Congress has begun its work at the grass root level while the BJP is still grappling to put its house in order.

Sensing that the public mood is in its favour the Congress under the leadership of Pramod has adopted an aggressive strategy in its poll campaign. Known for his calm demeanor Pramod says “Aggressiveness works when the trend is in favor of the aggressor. The prevailing trend in our favour has made us aggressive”. But Pramod is certain that his will be a positive campaign dealing with issues concerning the welfare of the people of Udupi.

 

Priority for Development

The development of Udupi tops the priority list of Pramod Madhwaraj. He has prepared a vision document 2025 to make Udupi a model city in the next 13 years. He also wants to ensure the reopening of the Brahmavar Sugar Factory, develop tourism in a big way and also create conducive atmosphere for IT and ITES companies in the district so that youngsters don’t have to go out in search of better prospects. Improving the drainage system in five villages coming under the Udupi Municipal Corporation also tops the list of his priorities. Providing drinking water is also another challenging task because the city has to get water from Varahi to meet the shortage of drinking water faced by his constituency. .

Pramod’s robust confidence stems not only from his own capabilities but also from various other developments in the state in general and Udupi in particular. It must be remembered here that the BJP had won seven out of the eight assembly segments in Udupi district in 2008, which demonstrated the supremacy of the party in this temple town. Apart from BJP’s maladministration in the state and all drama witnessed in these five years BJP sitting MLA Raghupathi Bhat’s misdemeanors (including the death of his wife Padmapriya under mysterious circumstances) have put the BJP on the defensive. He is also believed to be highly corrupt and even BJP functionaries are perplexed the source of his huge wealth amassed over the last five years. The death of BJP-RSS stalwart Dr V S Acharya has also rendered a severe blow to the rank and file of BJP in Udupi. .

Pramod believes “It is the mood of the people that gives momentum to any poll campaign. Traditional BJP voters, majority of them RSS sympathizers, are disheartened by the kind of comedy they witnessed in the last five years in the name of governance. People are also questioning the enormous increase in the wealth of the sitting MLA of Udupi. In 2004 he declared his monthly income as Rs. 25,000 and he is now buying property involving huge money worth crores. There is a BJP municipal councilor in Udupi who is also buying property worth crores. People are questioning this and are thoroughly dispirited”.


To Lead by Example 

Being a youth leader is in itself an advantage for Pramod Madhwaraj who at 44 is a seasoned politician with nearly two decades of experience. Soon after his engineering education at KREC Surathakal politics beckoned him. He served as the vice President of D K District NSUI and as Secretary of state Youth Congress. He was elected as a youngest president of Dakshina Kannada Mogaveera Mahajana Sangh, the apex body of fishermen at a young age of 28. Pramod has served the fishermen community with great zeal and was instrumental in increasing the diesel subsidy of the state for fishers from Rs. 50 lacks to Rs. 45 crores.

But what about the sizeable number of young voters who are reluctant to vote in the elections? Pramod says his party has focused its attention on the segment. “We have enrolled about 8000 youth of the total 12000 youth voters enrolled in the last six months. Our party workers have evinced keen interest in convincing them that they cannot stay away from the electorate and then complain about neglecting their interests”, he points out.

Ask him why people should elect him and he says “We will ensure that the rampant corruption prevailing at the local level is brought down drastically. We also want to set up a 24-hour helpline so that people know whom to contact when they have some problem”. Since corruption has percolated down to every aspect of our daily life Pramod says he will stay honest come what may. “When people at the helm stay honest there is possibility of others towing the same line. It is contagious” he argues.

Over the years he has come out of his mother Manorama Madhwaraj’s shadow to emerge as a leader in his own right. His mother has recently rejoined the BJP but that has not affected their relationship. Manorama was a BJP MP from Udupi constituency and had quit the party only to rejoin it. . “I don’t discuss politics with her. We speak everything other than politics and hence politics does not come in the way of our relationship”, he explains.

Pramod Madhwaraj is on a roll. The public who are familiar with this youth leader, his benevolence, clean image, social concern and vision for the all round growth progress of Udupi, are sure to rally behind him in the coming elections.

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  • sharath, Brahmavar

    Fri, Mar 29 2013

    Dr Kamath..,that scam done during the period of NDA govt...

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  • sharath, Brahmavar

    Fri, Mar 29 2013

    ದಾನಶೂರ ಕರ್ಣ, ಬಡವರ ಬಂಧು, ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳ ಆಶಾಕಿರಣ "ಪ್ರಮೋದಣ್ಣ", ಈ ಬಾರಿ 30000 ಬಹುಮತದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಜಯಗಳಿಸಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ..All the Best..

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  • Bhagavath, UK

    Wed, Mar 20 2013

    what is so funny in this forum is majority of the commentators (like me) are living in glass house ( abroad) and opining as if they are voting...first let us go to Udupi and vote on May 5th. Later, wait for 8th May for counting.

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  • saibanna, mangalore

    Fri, Mar 1 2013

    This time pramod anna will win by 15000 votes

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  • Robert Lewis, Brahmavar/Handady

    Tue, Feb 26 2013

    All the Best Pramodji. I fully support you. Jai Karnataka.

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  • Peter Lewis, Kalmady/k s a

    Sun, Feb 24 2013

    Mr Pramod Madhwaraj, All the Best in Next Election.

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  • jerome D'silva, uppoor/kuwait

    Thu, Feb 21 2013

    Mr.pramod i wish you all the best and i request all the people to support him.

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India

    Tue, Feb 19 2013

    Pramod Madhwaraj, do not be over confident. Results are like any other matches. It only counts on that moment, how the players perform.

    Here the players are voters and it is left to them, to whom to vote. You should have the resources, skill, brain to counter attack the opposite parties tactics.

    Until the results d, the match is not won.

    Pramod Madhwaraj, we wish u all the best.

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  • VIKAS SHETTY, Udupi/Dubai

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Udupi kshetrada priya mathadara bandugale, hali MLA Ragupati bhat ra Madadi Smt.Padmapriya awara kole prakarana nadedu halavu varshagaladaru naija aropi ge shikshe agilla yake? Dharmastala sri Manjunath dewara mele aane-pramana madiruvantha MLA yavaru aropige shikshe kodisuvalli vifalarigiruvudu yake?? CASE mucchi hakalagideye?? Hagadare janasamanyara gati yenu...eddeli matadarare.. omme yochisi ..nantra matha chalayisi.Padmapriya saavige nyaya beke beku.. Pramod Madhwaraj avaru pramaana madidanthe, thaavu shasakaraagi arisi bandalli police ilaakege ottada heri nijavada aropiyannu bayalige tharuthare. Athmiya mathadara bandugale Sajjana, nistavantha, Praamanika, Badavaru Bandu, Deena dalithara Dwani, Thandege thakka Maga Sriyutha Pramod Madhwaraj rannu arisi Padmapriya saavige nyaya kodisona, hage Udupi kshetra da samagra abhivraddhiyalli paaludaararagona. For Clean & Calm Poitics plzz support Pramod Madhwaraj. Thank U.

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  • M.Shetty, KUNDAPUR

    Tue, Feb 26 2013

    CLEAN POLITICS FROM CONGi ? JOKE

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  • Katherine, Udupi

    Sat, Feb 16 2013

    Dear Mr. Vasant Raj, the number of 'disagrees' on your comment itself shows that there's no one who agrees with you and that Mr. Pramod Madhwaraj will win with a great majority in the upcoming polls!!

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  • sudarshan baliga, mulki

    Wed, Feb 13 2013

    The man sounds sincere he deserves a chance I will definately vote for him and urging all of ull too

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  • akbarmata, dubai

    Wed, Feb 13 2013

    this time public choose u, if not we are fool, what a wonder full persanality.......dont loose my dear udupi voters.

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Wed, Feb 13 2013

    95% of the commentators are unanimously brought best in the Sri Promod Madhavaraj which is indeed enlightenment to the readers of other region especially from UDUPIANS.Now it is beyond our expectations that he will not only win but with thumping majority.BJPawals always propagating/excusing senior congress leaders in undivided districts as old/non performer blah blah ...

    Here is a golden chance to all BJP supporters to act up on their conviction that CONGRESS GOING TO BRING A CANDIDATE WHO IS PHILANTHROPIST,SOCIAL WORKER,HONEST POLITICIAN,YOUNG AND ENERGETIC,NO BLACK DOT ON HIS WHITE SHIRT,AN FRIEND MASS AS THE CANDIDATE...NOW DO NOT ACT LIKE HYPOCRITE AND VOTE FOR SRI PROMODH IF NOT ON THE PARTY BASIS,BE ON INDIVIDUAL BASIS.

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  • gonsalves, surathkal

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    K Raghupati Bhat has a lot of explaining to do to the people regarding his increased wealth. I doubt whether he will be able to face them

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  • Lawrence D'souza, Kalmady

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    He does the excellent job and following the footsteps of his Late father Mr.Madhawaraj,keep up the good job Pramod

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  • Seetharam shetty, Boloor Mangalore/Doha

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Dear all readers and writers don't encourage such helping nature person to join politics to gaining black image let him continue the good work what he is doing. Anyone one's joined this dirty game his thinking is gradually changing So please Mr Pramod don't think about joining any party God bless you and don't expect any benefit while you are working for some good causes.

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  • nathan, malpe

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Let us not blame Pramod for the scams in UPA Govt. We should vote on the strength of the individual and not on party basis

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  • Suraj Belle, Moodubelle

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Rakesh Sketty Zero marks again.. you are grading are wrong. Correct your grading in Reversing the places Last should be the First and First should be the last. Now write imposition 100 times and don’t do mistakes next time in grading.

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  • Dr S kamath , Mumbai

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Times now channel is reporting another Big Scam in which One Italian is arrested in Italy for a Deference scam in India .Big blow to Congress lead Govt and with all these I dont think Congress can gain any extra Votes

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  • Antony, Udupi

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    I dont to laugh seeing at the comments or to cry, all the best bakras.how many times in your life to be ditched by these politicians, so you think he is doing this social work, its only for future investment, once he comes to power he can double it in few months.i hope you guys will remember what you commented after 5 years. you see the history it never lies.
    Regardless of who ever comes our fate will remain the same.

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  • Suraj, Mangalore/UAE

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    @Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Don't say "Oscar community" won't vote for other than their community candidate. They too voted for BJP in the last election for a change but that cost too much. If you recall once Mr. Poojary had praised this community specially for voting him. Grow up and don't look for community look for able party and candidate.

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  • vasant raj, mangalore

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    NO WAY....

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  • Tony Pinto, Manglore

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    60 years rule now on charity mission for poor if congress party had done Development work no poor would have left over in INDIA or India would have not got OSCAR for SLUMDOG MILLINOR Great work from you and your party .
    Just see we have chief minister like MODI like him if we get in all the states. India would become one of the most developed countries within 5 years instead of by 2025.
    It is for MODI dynamism that Gujrat is where it is today.So please vote for a Right Candidate in next election find a person right even in CONGRESS who thinks like MODI .

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  • mahesh, udupi

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    My native is Udupi. Udupi is totally different what it was 8 years back. Sri.Raghupathi bhat has worked for udupi tremendously. The Roads, Transport, Power, Everything. He may lose this time only because of BJP's bad governance in the state and superb popularity of Pramod Madhwaraj in Udupi. If u go by party i still Vote BJP. But if u go by candidate i will vote for Pramod. But at the end of the day Progress of UDupi matters the most. All the best to our Udupi. Jai Ho.........

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  • lukas, malpe

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    we don't want development which lead us to curruption by taking huge loan from world bank and all, I came to know that 5 year rule of BJP took 62,000 crore.so may be some people will talk about right person in wrong party but he is there in party which severved india for 60 years and sacrificed somany leader for the country not like bjp not even single person died for the country.so we need decent person like Pramod for the ududpi constituency which represent somany religious place in which our BJP leader conducted RAVE PARTY in malpe

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  • haroon rasheed, mangalore/riyadh/k s a

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    hi rakesh you wait and watch, this time election result totally different .

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  • Sandesh, udupi/Dubai

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    If charity work for to become MLA then its called as bribe for vote.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    "Well begun is half done"...Pramod Madhwaraj has all the plus points to be a leader of masses and we need such leaders to lead us to the ultimate goal of development. All the best Mr. Pramod

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  • naveen, udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    pramod madwaraj is a good person & also helping ..but his party is not good. but other side mr raghupathi bhat done good development in udupi.so there will be big fight between bjp and congress.incase if sabhapathi contesting from jds then trhere will be problem for pramod & congress will loose .

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    I am pleased to learn that Pramod is a graduate from KREC. Let him become fisheries or port minister and get a name to Udupi unlike current one busy amassing wealth!!

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  • Arif, Honnala/Kuwait

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    All the best Mr. Pramod. A great gentleman. A person who does the charity works without seeing peoples caste/creed/religion. You will come victorious in this election.

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  • nathan, malpe

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    No one can deny the fact that the amount of corruption during bjp rule has been unprecedented and people are disgusted. People of udupi need change

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  • Ummar, Udupi / Dubai

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    it is too early to predict. here some of our commentators forgot that it is apply to SAR... MOD... also.

    why this double standard ?

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  • jaya, Doha/Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    !!!
    Dear Promod I know you since you were a little boy,,i always use to visit your home and use to meet you, your sisters and your family, this is jayanthi akka.malpe... i am very happy to hear your speech through video which daijiworld provided in thier website ....i wish you very best of luck in your comming future and you will be always in our prayers.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Washington,DC.

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    People,

    I know him personally,,, very nice and soft spoken guy.

    Father was MLA of Udupi in 1962,,, Uncle in 1967,,, mother 1972-1983 and again 1985 onwards...

    Let me tell you a real story,,, an independent candidate(M Surendranath) who contested against his mother in 1972,,, used to go to his house when his mother was not around to get financial help from his father... and he got it...very very rare case of big heartedness...

    I wish him well,,, and sure he will win this time...last time he lost ny about 2000 votes...

    His cousin(mothers sisters son) was my best friend in 70s and 80s...I was told he used to like cows so much that he used to spend more time with cows than humans when he was a kid...


    Regards,

    Langoolacharya.

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  • dinesh, mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Please don't waste your precious time in discussing about candidates f political parties. All are same faces of different coins. We have already seen congress, BJP, JDs governments. All are corrupts. Just chase them. Even you can try stones towards these street dogs when they come seeking your vote!

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  • rajesh, udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Win or lose is a different matter, Promod might be good, because many line up for his bounty of goodies, but let's not forget and thank the present MLA Mr. Raghupathi Bhat , for the tremedous work he has done under his capacity I am not a BJP fan, but seeing the way Mr. Bhat has reached out is very very commendable and the people of Udupi should thank him whether he wins is a differnt matter but I am sure people will remember him, he will be remembere for his work, even some MPs who have won several time have not done what Mr. Bhat has done in 5 years, lets keep personal problem within his own limits he was elected for public office and has served his people well, if he loses it is sad but he deserves a win for his hard work, thank you Mr. Bhat for all the good work u have done, never seen udupi roads so need with less pot holes all my life,

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  • Nathan, malpe

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Let's give mr madhwaraj a chance to serve the people of udupi. He seems genuine unlike other politicians who only want to make money

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  • JR,

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    PRAMOD MADHWARAJ, A PERSON OF HIGH CALIBRE NEED NOT BE IDENTIFIED IN ANY PARTY AND IF ELECTED PARTIES NOT ALLOW HIM TO DO GOOD WORK

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  • Crystal, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    East or West, he is THE BEST.

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  • KJP , karkala

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    In Udupi congress feels they already won the seat like..this over confidence may spoil winning the seat.Last election same happened in mangalore loka sabha seat..all you the final result.

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  • proud to be an indian , dubai namma udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    congress namma dumbuda , aik namma nambuda , jai congress jai pramod anna jai jph . 1 2 voteda , laksha laksha voted ,

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  • ZAMEER, UDIPI

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Goodluck all the best to Mr. Pramod Madwaraj, we are all with you

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  • James Pinto, Neermarga

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    I suggest BJP not to field a candidate in Udupi constituency. It is better to stay away than loosing deposit and inviting shame.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    He was trying for MLA seat from Udupi region for many years but in vain. I hope that finally he will get the MLA ticket this time at least. Though chances of winning the Udupi Seat is much favorable to him than BJP but there is “Oscar community” will never vote for any candidates other than their community candidate whereby splitting the Congress vote goes in favour of BJP only. JDS will field their favorable candidate and many Independent candidates too split the vote bank of Congress Only. So, no doubt this time Udupi region will be closely contested MLA Seat

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  • shivananda, katapadi/muscat

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Right person in wrong party

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  • Ted, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Congress will sweep Karnataka coming elections.

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  • Dr Prakash Harischandra, Surathkal

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Everyone is entitled to dream.... hagalukanasu!!!!!!.
    Till you have money to spend and waste keep trying.... Does apply to all political chelas of all parties. All you want a Maji MLA and Maji MP on your tombstone.

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Pramod Madhwaraj deserves victory, as he has a sincere heart to serve the people(rich and poor) and who doesn't expect others to serve him.

    All politicians must follow his footsteps and donate 40% or more of their profits for the benefit of the needy, which can help to completely eradicate poverty from the face of India.

    I wish the best of success to our well educated, upright, humble, young and progressive leader Pramod Madhwaraj,and hopefully as our future P.M.

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  • Aadil Khan, Kasaragod, Saudi Arabia

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Rakesh Shetty, dreams do not cost anything.............

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  • Nayana , Brahmavar

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Goodluck pramod madhwaraj........

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  • Avinash , Udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    very nicely written. i would like to mention as to what people speak about the udupi constituency here..
    mr. bhat has done developmental works and thats his plus point. dr.acharya has helped him in all means as well. mr. pramod helps out every person who is in need. and he has been doing this since more than a decade.
    now my personal opinion - mr.pramod is soft spoken,educated etc etc. he being a millionaire helps out , reaches out the poor. that's his plus point. he is much more popular than m.l.a here. . but we should also not forget that there is a strong fight between bjp/congress...i wish he wins this time..all the best mr. pramod.

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  • Vincy, Bangkok

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    The V-day protest,padil attack,Pub attack and ice cream parlor attack, these incidents have already made a fresh way for congress to win.The people voted last assembly are cheated by the government.

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  • Basil, Dubai

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    politician and leaders should take example from Pramod Madhwaraj a giver rather then a taker as a public servent. You will be blessed.

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  • Rajesh P, Kalianpur

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    This time Madwaraj will win 200%.Udupi will prosper with JP Hegde at centre and pramod as MLA.Golden era of our district is very near.After TMA pai he is the second most popular person in Udupi.You will find him in any crisis before police or relative reach he will help the people.I had never seen this kind of gem in my life.Long live Sir.Good luck.Perfect candidate.

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  • Stephen, mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Wake up Mr. Rakesh shetty, mangalore, atleast to see faces of losing BJP leaders.
    Mr. Shettar is not capable of fooling voters like Modi, Yeddi

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  • anand, santhekatte

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    He is the only choice for our udupi dist. to lead successfully.May god bless you dear pramod M.

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Those disagree with Mr Promod M's candidature for UDUPI constituency is either from Sanghparivars or jealous @ his personality. Udupi, under JPH's soft hand, certainly,stands for full turn around from BJP as it showed 7-8 months earleir by electing Mr J-PHEGDE for MP.Promod, has vast experience in political field coupled with non stop social work.His election in forthcoming election is forgone decision by respective voters of Udupi Assembly segment.It is remained to be seen
    who will succeed for runners position and my Guess is JDS for various reasons.

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  • Ahmed, Alkhobar

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Mr. CAPITAL LETTER, you will get the reverse answer this time from whole Karnataka.

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  • vittal, udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Dear pramod,
    I wish u all the best & good luck to win this time election.because you r a true & nice gentle men to perform public requirements.Our wishes always with you.Jai Ho Pramod Sir.

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  • Naveen D'souza, Valencia-Kuwait

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Rakesh shetty, mangalore Monday, February 11, 2013
    DEAR ALL NOTE THIS POINT.

    CONGRESS WILL WIN WITH FULL MAJORITY THIS TIME. THEY WILL LEAD GOVT AS USUAL.

    2ND PLACE WILL GOES TO JDS THIS TIME.

    3RD PLACE WILL GOES TO KJP.

    4TH PLACE WILL GOES TO BJP.

    ACTUALLY Mr Rakesh just make down from up. this will be happening this election.

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  • arun kumar, udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    I visited many times to Mr. Pramod Madwaraj's office. each time i saw there are several people waiting for him. Some with health problem, some for their children education or daughter's marriage. He will not upset anybody. Everyday he is donating thousands of rupees by his hard earning money. Two times i voted agaist him. Sure this time i will vote for him.

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  • orton, mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Rakesh Sheety, Do not put in descending Order, Put in Ascending Order.

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  • Khader Hejmadi Kalandan, Hejmadi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Good luck and tons of best wishes...
    God bless you in whatever you do....
    My heartiest wish just for you dear Promod.....

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  • Rakesh shetty, mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    DEAR ALL NOTE THIS POINT.

    BJP WILL WIN WITH FULL MAJORITY THIS TIME. THEY WILL LEAD GOVT AS USUAL.

    2ND PLACE WILL GOES TO JDS THIS TIME.

    3RD PLACE WILL GOES TO KJP.

    4TH PLACE WILL GOES TO CONGRESS.

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  • Sunil Kumar, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Dear All
    As i am from udupi, i know his deeds well, i have never met him but he is big help for poor people (religion doesn't matter to him) ... he help people financially (medical purpose or any other), he is spending some of his income in charity ...i think he should get one chance to see how he performs, i am sure udupi-manipal-malpe all places will improve.

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  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    I want Mr. Clean, Sri Pramod Madhwaraj to conduct regular workshop to all corrupt politicians to reform them as selfless human being.

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  • Aadil Khan, Kasaragod, Saudi Arabia

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Though I do not know personally about this gentleman, I think he is a clean politician with the vision to help the needy according to the comments many readers have written here.

    I wish Mr. Promod all the best and good luck to win the seat in the upcoming election.

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  • sharath, katpadi/muscat

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    VERY HELPFUL PERSON..ALWAYS V WANT TO SEE U INFRONT..GOOD LUCK MR.PRAMOD.

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  • A I DIAS, BENNEKUDRU/BARKUR/MUMBAI

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Dear Pramod.
    Wish you all the best. You are the candidate to udipi and you will be in the Assembly. This is my prayer. I seen your dad's victory when I was schooling and now your turn I will see.
    God bless you.

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  • Shetty, Udupi/Muscat

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Dear Louis D'Souza- Kuwait, In my view religion has nothing to do with politics. Politics is totally different field. We should not a candidate just because he/she is of our religion.....

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  • Vikas Shetty, Udupi/Dubai

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    There is No fight In Udupi Constituency this time.. It is One Sided Result. Pramod Madhwaraj will win by more than 20000 margin. People have realized their mistake what they did last time by not electing Pramod. Mr.Bhat have proved himself a big corrupt & cunning. Could not find solution for his own wife Padmapriya's contraversial death. And Mr.Udaykumar Shetty is inefficient & In experienced. Most of the citizens don't even know who is Udaykumar. Pramod 200% Pakka. JAi Ho.

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  • Irshad Shaikh, Udupi/Dubai

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Freinds,
    Whether Pramod gets ticket or not but as a person I know him very well. He is a gentleman,ready to help always and very freindly with youngsters.
    I would say will be mistake by Congress if not offer him ticket.

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  • Katherine , Udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Mr. Joy, Mr. Pramod hasn't made any such statement. It is simply a rumour which was spread to confuse the masses.

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  • Praveen, udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Elections to Udupi Assembly is just a formality.Had he not been ditched by his own community he would have been victorious in the previous election.Now he has prepared solid ground and has touched each and every house of his constituency.He was behind the great victory of Mr J P Hegde.His charitable works are known to each and every individual.The present MLA of BJP is unpopular after death of his wife and if he contest the elections again it will be a cake walk for Mr Madhvaraj.We wish Mr Madhavaraj the best and hope to see him not only as a MLA but also as a Minister.

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  • abdul sattar habiballah, belapu/Jeddah

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Mr. Promod you will be succeed in your aim in the coming election.

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  • Stephen, mangalore / Dubai

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    @ JOY CASTELINO, MOODUBELLE/DUBAI
    You heard it wrong. How politician can keep himself from elections ???

    Mr. Pramod is a budding politician & we badly need such youngsters in politics. I wish him all the best.

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  • rizwan, Dubai/Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Let us not be too much optimistic...Nobody can know the pulse of the people's verdict...Wait and watch

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  • rajesh, mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    good person in bad party no use congress party means no development

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  • Aziz Byari, Udupi/Riyadh

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    All the best sir, it is a reward for your good work and down to earth nature.

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  • Allen, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Right candidates like Mr. Pramod Madhwaraj will definitely bring Congress back into power. Politicians should be selfless and strive for the betterment of their constituency and use their power to uplift the poor and needy. Hope this elections will bring a strong change in Karnataka after all people are fed up to the core with the present Govt.and its selfish, corrupt leaders.

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  • Joseph, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Pramod Madhwaraj is a sure Congress win from Udupi this time as the people are frustrated by the saffron brigade.

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  • Mike, KSA

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Whatever written in this article absolutely true to the word. Our full family votes will be reserved for him, if he decides to contest the election.

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  • Louis D'Souza, Kuwait

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Pramod Madhwaraj will win. 150%. No body can stop him this time. BJP has spoilt it's name every were. Current BJP MLA is not bothered about problems of people in vilages never comes out of Udupi city. Bhillwa community is not happy with BJP. Bunts are angry after BJP illtreated Haladi. He feels only people of Manipal & Udupi city voted for him. Madhwaraj has developed Malpe Port and beach.

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  • Mitwa, Sharjah

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    All the Best.. Mr. Pramod.

    BJP has lost complete faith because of its Kaarnamas and Corruption..

    Coming election Congress will be truimphant...

    There is no second thought about that.

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  • sunil, dubai

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    All The Best Pramod sir.you are gentleman.good leader I wish u all success in future and upcoming election.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    All the best Pramod...u r the only hope for youth.

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  • Richard kotian/al tayer, Malpe

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    All the best Pramod madwaraj, the help you did for the poor and needy will be paid back to you in hundred folds.definetely you will win in the up coming election.

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  • Shetty, Udupi/Muscat

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Dear Shanawaz, you are absolutely right, Pramod is the pride of Udupi, the well wisher of the poor, the young, dynamic congress leader of the District. We need positive thinking political leaders who respond to the social causes beyond politics and Pramod is one such leader from the district.

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Need of the hour in Coastal Karnataka is to have a wise and intelligent MLA who can understand the issues of people. He should have a vision and a plan for progress.

    He needs to focus on creating a healty atmosphere for companies, improve urban and rural infrastructure and build harmony between communities.

    I hope this time people of Mangalore-Udupi-North Canara will vote for development, progress and peace instead of blindly voting in the name of religion.

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  • Vivek, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Surely a candidate of Quality in politics

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Pramod Madhwaraj, he is not a politician also a well known social workers. I personally know him . He is win win candidate for congress party in udupi.

    Am not a congress supporter but as a candidate personality this time i fully support Pramod as i did for JP Hegde.

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  • JR,

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    RIGHT MAN IN WRONG PARTY IS LIKE
    MULTIPLYING ANY NUMBER WITH ZERO OR NAGATIVE NUMBER.
    BETTER TO CONTEST AS A INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE WITH THAT MUCH HIGH CALIBRE. EVEN IF ED BLIND FOLDED BY HIGH COMMAND IS KNOWN FACTOR TO ANYBODY AND EVERYBODY.

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  • Mohammed Anwar, Dubai

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    As an individual / person, Mr. Pramod Madhwaraj is a thorough gentleman and down to earth man. I know him personally from his younger days. He has the charisma of leading the mass. You will find Mr. Pramod in every functions. Despite his preoccupation and prior committment / engagement he spends his valuable time for the needy people irrespective of their caste and creed and affiliation. Thanks to congress party in Karnataka for chosing a right candidate for the upcoming assembly elections. He is the leader of masses and poor. He is a messiah. I pray my lord to bless him good health and long life to lead this country and help the needy people. All the best and good luck to you Mr. Pramod. I also make a humble request to my friends and people from Udupi constituency to vote Mr. Pramod in the upcoming assembly elections

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  • Padmanabha Shenoy, Udupi/Saudi Arabia

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    I am sure this time Mr. Madhwaraj will win the election. He is the able candidate who always serve the poor and needy. My humble request to all to caste your precious vote to this gentleman and let us give him opportunity to serve and see the development in Udupi.

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  • SHAAN, DUBAI

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    HE IS THE TRUE LEADER AND DESERVE TO WIN. IN PERSONNELLY KNOWN TO HIM AND WE ARE STAYING IN SAME APARTMENT. PERSON FIT TO PRESENT POLITICAL SYSTEM. BEST OF LUCK PROMODJI

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  • HK, Bahrain

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    We all want to see Young dynamic leader like Pramod as MLA of Udupi. Fight will be between BJP and Congress since Mr.U R Sabhapathi is leaving JDS shortly...All the best.

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  • JOY CASTELINO, MOODUBELLE/DUBAI

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Four years back Pramod Madhwaraj publicly announced that, in future he will not contest any election & he also told that he will stick on his words!!!!. Now what happens to his words?????.

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  • Shabbir, Udyavar

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    I am sure this time Mr Pramod will win the election. Insha Allah. He is is good social worker and very helpful man. Wishing him all the success.

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  • Nagesh Kamath, Karkala

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    I know Pramod since last 5years and have found him to be a great human being more than his political clout. He is a philanthrophic par excellence. He has been doing relentless services to the poor and downtroden. I came to know about him in practical and more, when he joined our world renowned Social Service Organisation The Lions Clubs International in Manipal. He is very Charishmatic, Intelligent, Naive and his downto earth nature shall surely gain him a lot in the incoming Asembly Elections. He is the only Choice for our Udupi District to lead successfully. May God give you all the success and prosperity , Pramod.

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  • SAFWAN, SHAHAMA/uae

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Mr.Pramod…I wish you all the best and offer admiration for your strong candidature and you will emerge victorious.

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  • Tomas Richard, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    BJP already accepted the defeat in Udupi..by not contsting.Mr Bhat..after Dr Acharya's untimely demise there are no good leader in Udupi..It is true small time politicians irrespective of party grabbing land and earning in crores..Pramod is the only beacon of hope for Udupi...

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    To Those who press "disagree" button in this form for my earlier comments...

    Before you disagree with me, please try to know what type of personality is Mr Pramod...He is leader of masses and massiah of needy.. You will find him in hospitals, morgues, old age homes, charity meets. The people of malpe love him a lot.. Fishermen community adore him...

    I bet that he will surely emerge as winner in the forthcoming election.

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  • Naveen D'souza, Valencia-Kuwait

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Good Luck Pramod. Work Dor People,Automatocally You Will Get The Benfit.

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  • Bhavna, udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Mr Pramod is our Leader.... we in udupi is 10000000% sure he will win .. he is a perfect leader, we all love you.... god bless you and we wish u solve all udupi dist. probs...

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  • murali, bantwal

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Gem Person...He have to win

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    I wish Mr Promod Madhwaraj will win with huge majority votes which could be a tribute to his social work.Last time defeat was in fact a wonder and hope that would be compensated with convincing majority votes this time around.Young, energetic and socio-political personality like Mr P.Madhwaraj will be the asset to party he represnt and luck of UDUPI voters.ALL THE BEST MR PROMOD MADHAWARAJ.

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    I personally know Mr Pramod. He is true gentleman, have a heart that yells to poor and needy, very very soft spoken, humble. He believes in charity.. for him humanity is the religion and he cant afford to see tears in others eyes. I see him a true good Indian, Malpeite, Udipite and true human being.. I can compare his works to that of MP JP Hegde.. Irrespective of his affiliation, I wish him good health, long life and great success. He comes from a political family and has been trained by his father and mother, who both are leading politicians of coastal districts... Pramod... all the best to you and good wishes of people of coastal karnataka is with you and you will emerge victorious and successful.. Please keep doing the good work you have been doing these days.. Your people to people contact makes you different from others....I am sure God shall render you successful and victorious... Pramod Long live..

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    It is too early to predict..

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  • jennifer, mangalore

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    All the best Pramod !!! I knew you as a little boy way back in 1978 when we were neighbour's in Jaymahal Bangalore . Wishing you success always !!!!

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