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'No revenge politics, we need opposition leader like HDK'


Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore

Bangalore, May 12: Ever since Congress emerged as majority party to form the new government in Karnataka, its CM designate Siddaramaih has been busy accepting greetings from well-wishers, meeting and seeking the blessings of senior party leaders, visiting and seeking guidance of Kannada intellectuals and writers.


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Despite his busy scheduled, Siddaramaiah managed a speak a few minutes to daijiworld exclusively.

The CM post has made him happy, but his head is firm on his shoulders. His simplicity and straightforwardness remain unchanged.

Here are some excerpts from the interview :

Q : You have been denied the CM post twice in the past, both time by Deve Gowda, and last year in the Assembly senior BJP leader told you that you will never become the CM. Are you going to reply to them now?

No, I will never indulge in revenge politics. Whatever they did or said to me, I took it as a challenge. At the same time, I will not engage in compromise politics also. The corrupt will be punished according to the law. Becoming CM was not only my dream, but my goal. I achieved this with sheer hard work, dedication and sincerity.


Q : H D Kumaraswamy said that he has his own doubts about the success of the government under your leadership. What is your reaction?

We need leaders like H D Kumaraswamy in the Assembly. He is able opposition leader. I like to work with such opposition leaders. When the opposition is strong only then can you give able administration. For the betterment of democracy, one should have a strong opposition leader.


Q : Choosing the cabinet is a tough task. Are you done with that ?

Yes, it is not an easy task. Tomorrow (May 13), I will alone take oath. Soon after, KPCC president Dr Parameshwar and I will visit New Delhi with the list of probables for the cabinet. Once the approval comes we will announce and fix a date for oath taking of ministers. But I expect my ministers to work and take decisions only in the Vidhana Soudha, unlike BJP ministers who hardly attended office, and instead took decisions sitting at home. All ministers must attend office, and take decisions by taking every one into confidence.

Q : Fulfilling your election manifesto is difficult, isn't it?

We promised whatever we could do in the future. We have not made false promises. There is always a honeymoon period for any new government during the first few months. But I will start working on our goals right from day one.

Q : What is your first priority as CM ?

Bringing the adminstrative machinery back to work is my first priority. The state administrative machinery stopped working long back. I have to look for sincere and good bureaucrats and start my work. Providing drinking water and fulfilling electricity requirement are among my top priorities.

Q : When was the toughest time in your political career ?

Oh, I would say 2006 Chamundeshwari by-election. After getting expelled from JD(S), I built my own party, but for some reasons, I joined Congress. My intention was not to waste secular votes. During bypoll, Kumaraswamy was the CM. Both father and son tried their best to defeat me and finish me politically. Power was with them, but people of Chamundeshwari were with me. I won by a mere 257 votes. That was the worst election I faced, even my enemies should not pass through such an election. Once I won, things were different, but those 15 days prior to the election were the toughest.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Tue, May 14 2013

    Let us not waste the time in revenge politics.The five year term to be used fully to perform more and speak less.We need to work in such a way, every voter to be happy and he should form his own firm decicion about our good work.Media need to be true,fair and possitive insted biased.Able leader like Sri.Siddaramaiah is capable to do the best to the state.Hope for the best.Thanq.

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  • P S Shetty, MANGALORE

    Mon, May 13 2013

    Now I repent too much for selling my Bajaj Super Scooter just few months back which was very dear to me since last 19 years.

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Mon, May 13 2013

    This new state government will have a huge task on its hand due to the mess created by the previous governments. It has to get down to work immediately. It must provide good,effective, transparent and clean administration.

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  • simple, Bangalore

    Mon, May 13 2013

    avani, Mangalore

    You are always there. Keep reminding, do not allow them to forget the manifesto. Talk to them on phone\mobile\email\face book to gather support for that etc etc.
    BUT DO NOT ALLOW CM TO FORGET

    You will be doing your duty as a good citizen of the STATE.

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  • Louis D'Souza, Kuwait

    Mon, May 13 2013

    ಈಶ್ವರಪ್ಪ ತುಂಭಾ ಬೇಜಾರಿನಲ್ಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಇನ್ನೂ ಅವರು ಪಕ್ಷವನ್ನು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಮಟ್ಟದಿಂದ ಸಂಘಟಿಸಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಸಿದ್ದರಾಮಯ್ಯ ಯಾವತ್ತು ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ ಹಾಗಲ್ಲ ಹೆಂದು ಹೇಳಿದ್ದ ಈಶ್ವರಪ್ಪ ಭವಿಷ್ಯ ಸುಳ್ಳಾಗಿದೆಯಂತೆ ನಾಳೆ ಪ್ರಮಾಣ ವಚನ ಸಮಾರಂಬಕ್ಕೆ ಸಿದ್ದುಜಿ ಕರೆದರೆ ಹೊಗೆತ್ತಾರಂತೆ ಸಿದ್ದುಜೀಯಾವರೆ ಈಶ್ವರಪ್ಪನನ್ನು ಕರೆಯಿರಿ. Tomoro Aksyaya thrithiya. Karnataka public is buying Gold tomorrow that's "Siddu".
    Eshwarappa said where ever Rahul Gandhi goes, they will loose election. But he himself lost his deposit. Kundapura too BJP lost to Haladi but some guys adibidru moogumele.

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

    Mon, May 13 2013

    Louis Souza re....Did ISH lost deposit?Sure...Because my two major predictions were BJP WILL STAND THIRD PLACE NEXT TO JDS!!!(TATHASTU).....DINESH KUNDAPURA, ANY CONTEST IN THE CONTENTS?

    MY SECOND MAJOR PREDICTION WAS ISH WILL LOOSE DEPOSIT(TATHASTU?)!!!!!

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  • Ravi Ullal, Mangalore

    Mon, May 13 2013

    Louis D'Souza, and Ismailji elections over, results came and now advise your kangress to concentrate on good development. Not to spend their rest of the 5 years in just blaming BJP and it's outfits.

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  • sirajuddin, Ariyadka

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Dear siddu sir now a days in political field i didn't see leader like you. You have all ability to give good administration. We are the people of karnataka have full faith on you. and also we believe that people belonging to all sector in society definitely get social justice in your CM term. I think you are not make any mischief to people of karnataka....Wish you all the best

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  • Lavin Noronha, Paladka

    Sun, May 12 2013

    somehow without Nagesh Nayak DW forum has become "suna suna". "pritiya nagesh, ninu yelli iddaru kodale daijige bandu bidu, ninu illade illi yellaru bahala kushiyagiddare. BJP sothide antha manasighe bejaru madade koodale horatu ba.".

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  • lukas, malpe

    Sun, May 12 2013

    once government formed we need fair investigation for protest aginst congress high command dicision, who is behind these buring and looting also should bear all the loses happend during protest,because for congress all the indian voted not any religion or groups.

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  • babu, mangalore/uae

    Sun, May 12 2013

    if takes place people will teach lesson

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  • Rani, mangalore

    Sun, May 12 2013

    DEAR Siddu ,
    Indeed Kumaraswamy is not only a good opp leader but also a most able chief minister candidate. For his bad luck JD(S) base was limited to certain areas only where it did very very well. congress had base everywhere and that's why congress won.Bad work of BJP was also blessing for Congress and so as Yeddy was another major reson.Everything went towards congress. Jd(S) had to work on its own with no indirect support whatsover . I definitely cannot say if congress deserved this victory or not . Anyway I wish All the very best Siddu and good luck as CM

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  • Jacob Mendonsa, Bangalore

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Dear Bollu,
    I am sure that no church attacks will take place as happened during BJP rule in Karnataka.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Dear Jacob, we can't say whether Churches or Individuals would be attacked or not because Congress
    is ruling the state!
    We can't predict who would attack, However, attackers will not get support from Govt. but will be dealt as per the law of the land!

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  • Remi, mangalore/dubai

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Congratulations Sir... You were my choice too among the congressmen. Truly a Good Politician with toughness, social awareness and education..not a businessman like former CM. Keep up the good work and administration .. God bless you and your family and your fellow congressmen .. They will definetely support you though with disagreements
    ..

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  • Langoolacharya, Belman / Washington, DC

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Siddu,

    Just think what CONgress did to their own Chief Minister for being non-corrupt and showing no favouritism to his CONgress friends....

    Other than some blind people here everybody will know what I am talking about....

    So now you know how to be successful in CONgress....Good luck....

    Jai Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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  • Sandeep, Bahrain

    Sun, May 12 2013

    In D/W, We need Rakesh in opposition.

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  • S. M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, udupi

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Good Vision, Fulfill that prospect, Bring back peacfull karnataka with good leadership without any politics in karnataka.

    Good Luck, My best wishes always with you

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  • jeetendra hegde, mumbai

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Really good guy with people friendly goals..,God bless on his endevour..

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  • Vikas Shivamogga, Bangalore

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Mr.Dinesh Pujari (BJP)
    Do You remember how BJP came in Karnataka just because of HDK'. people supported Sri Maan Yadyrappa not BJP u know verry well.

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  • Wilfred, Fernandes

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Well Dinesh Poojary, You remembered God now, If you had remembered him in the past 5 years, this situation wouldn't have come to your BJP!! Anyways keep remembering for another 5 years as there are lot of sins to forgive.

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  • lukas, malpe

    Sun, May 12 2013

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  • G R PRABHU, BEJAI ,MANGALORE

    Sun, May 12 2013

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Sun, May 12 2013

    It will be TUG OF WAR (as shown in pic 1) for siddu group and others.

    After all this govt is AKRAMA baby of CBI and KJP. Lots of revolt, dissidence will be in place for next 4-5 years. Congress knew they can't win majority on their own. That is why they took help of Yeddy and compromised on corruption. Both CENTRAL and STATE govt are running on CBI misuse.

    The corrupt people from BJP, CONG, JDS may escape punishment here. But they can't miss the same in the COURT OF GOD.

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  • Golden, Mangalore

    Sun, May 12 2013

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  • Wilfred Fernandes, Kinnigoly/UAE

    Sun, May 12 2013

    @ Dinesh poojary, you did not remember God for the last 5 years when BJP ruled. Anyways good keep praying as there are lot of sins to be forgiven

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  • Lavin Noronha, Paladka

    Sun, May 12 2013

    @Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru, it’s too late mate even god didn’t like what BJP and cronies did. Now at least I can travel freely in Mangalore. I am sure paid moral police rats have already gone into their burrows. Mangalore has been finally been liberated. Now, its time for the authorities to fumigate the burrows and dig out these thugs and show their real face.

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  • Ejaz, KSA

    Sun, May 12 2013

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  • Ronald D, UDUPI

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Bollu, every one knows this govt will last full term!! You lack confidence!! Be confident, good for you! Last time your party made operation Kamala with money power of Reddys, looting natural resources of Karnataka!! This time it may not happen!!

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  • Indian, Mangalore

    Sun, May 12 2013

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  • Praveen, udupi

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Congress ruling party, JDS Opposition Party, BJP sitting in last bench and watching porn.ha ha ha...

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Sun, May 12 2013

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  • AMAR NATHAL, MANGALORE

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Praveen, at least 100 people quickly agree with you without slightest doubt!!

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  • vivian, dubai

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Hamaara Bajaj....

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  • Ajith, Mangalore

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Bollu Mangalore-Congress is like multinational company managed by strong CEO.Not like BJP where everyone is leader and free to make loose talk.Just see we may see corruption but congress is experienced in administration and will prove BJP is no match to it.

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  • Bollu, Mangalore

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Ajith..
    Good CEO..slogan Garibi Hatao..
    All Poor People left..

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  • Stany D'sa, Balehonnur/Dubai

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Hope siddaramaiah will give a clean governace and sure he will safeguard the interests of Farmers, minorities and backward class.

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Good politician with values.. Though dalit and kuruba, being educated he know what he is talking and he shall all people along in his journey and he shall win over his oppenents politically and personally. HDK and Shettar shall co operate with him.

    One thing is clear that to be a human being one need to be educated and borught about in good family and janma or birth is not a deciding factor any more. Its now outdated parameter. History..

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  • CYRIL MASCARENHAS, KIREM/MIRA ROAD/DUBAI

    Sun, May 12 2013

    GOOD THINKING DEAR SIDDU.REVENGE TAKING IS BAD PEOPLS JOB.GOD BLESS YOU..

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  • Ifthikhar, Mangalore / KSA

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Dear Bollu, It is like talk less and work more attitude. Mr. Siddaramaih is a able and confident person and I hope he will have no problem in governing Karnataka efficiently. You only need to be patient and watch the difference with the previous government.

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

    Sun, May 12 2013

    BOLLU.....

    SHORT AND SWEET INTERVIEW and nothing has to prove what is he!!He is a open book and you can't find such clean Backward Community leader in Karnataka.Please extend cooperation to his admin if you and your party supports SOCIAL JUSTICE.

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  • Ravi Ullal, Mangalore

    Sun, May 12 2013

    ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA wait and watch. Already Kharge supporters started barking now. May 14 Chamarajnagar bandh as Kharge was not given CM post by his supporters. Now BJP has nothing to do. We will sit and watch tamasha happening within kangress.

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  • Prasanna, Mangalore

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Ravi wait for few more days. Kharge will get railway ministry and there will be no more tamasha, only celebration and only celebrations throughout Karnataka.

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  • Ravi Ullal, Mangalore

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Prasanna, Mangalore people voted kangress for serving people and to concentrate on development works. I think as you said your party will be spending next 5 years in this victory celebrations. If that's the case in the next assembly election your party will get a good lesson from the public.

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

    Sun, May 12 2013

    When BSY underestimated SHETTAR for a berth in Cabinet 2008,by the time whole Uttara Kannada burned for 3-4 days!!!Anything happened after that?These kind of political unrest is just circumstantial and not for long.In fact, Siddu himself clarified that he is an DALITH!!!

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Sun, May 12 2013

    All the best to you Shri. Siddaramaiah and people of the state!
    Don't take revenge, leave it to God, perform your duty diligently, mighty God will work miracles through you and guide you!
    Peoples wishes and prayers are for you and your team as long as you do good work indiscriminately!

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  • Ramakrishna. A., MANGALORE

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Siddanna, please don't allow Revanna of JDS to come near you. Because Revu may come with a request to transfer his favorite Govt officers to lucrative places and earn hefty commission in your name and spoil your clean image. Revu is pathetically corrupt whether he is in Ruling Party or sits in opposition.

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  • Veerappa. D . N, Madikeri

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Ramakrishna-Mangalore , you are right. Even when Yaddi was CM this Revanna by begging Yaddi got transfer for his chosen govt officers to very strategic places. Later on Revanna took hefty bribes from these govt officers stating that he has to give it to Yaddi, but never gave the same to yaddi but swallowed himself. Yaddi had approved the transfer of these officers without expecting any thing in return as Revanna was still his good friend even though he was in opposition party. But Revanna misused this trust. Even though Yaddi was corrupt, still he had a generous nature when it came to helping his friends selflessly.

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  • Ifthikhar, Mangalore / KSA

    Sun, May 12 2013

    People of Karnataka should appreciate his first priority of "Providing drinking water and fulfilling electricity requirement" and support him in achieving this target.

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

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Yes, those days when he won for a illegible 257 votes taught him good lesson in politics.In that election HDK camped in the Siddu's constituency through out canvas period and final Siddu had LAST LAUGH.

    In another occasion was when then Commissioner of Police Shanker Bidri blocked his way of entrance to VS which also a toughest moment the political life as he challenged Bidri he will come as CM to this build!!!!An altercation also happened on that time and that was a unprecedented incident in Karnataka V.S.Later,Bidri joined Congress and was denied assembly ticket which made Bidri issue a strongest comments on media citing same incident!!!

    So far cutting party affiliations Lingayath and Vokkaligas were CMs of our State being OBC/KURABA/DALITH/Minority together constitutes more than 40%!There could be more political attacks from other Community lawmakers and I hope,Siddu will face it politically.Perhaps after Devaraj Urs,Siddu would be best BACKWARD COMMUNITY mass political leader in Karnataka.Dalith and minority leadership will follow in due course of time Congress era in coming days.GOOD LUCK MR CLEAN IN ENTIRE POLITICAL LIFE,CM DESIGNATE MR SIDDARAMMAIH.

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  • avani, mlore

    Sun, May 12 2013

    "There is always a honeymoon period for any new government during first few months"!! By that time everyone will forget what was in the manifesto? Media will forget to question? People will be busy with their usual work & earn tasks and politicians will be busy accumulating as usual.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Dear Siddlu, due to grace of God we have everything in our Coastal area except electricity power. But we know how to live without electricity too. But we have only one demand on priority basis. i.e. NH66 completion. Your Congress Party in Central failed to bring back the construction activities on NH66 highway project ever since Jagmohan Reddy arrested by CBI and his Company standstill till date. We will appreciate your action if you can sincerely try for Central funds or contribute from State to complete the Project. Rest we know very well that no Party can fulfill their election promises in their life time

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  • rakwon, rak

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Its not central govt fault project was been awarded to reddys company.. Now since boss is in jail company the project completion is uncertain.. ALL DUE to last state govt's corruption its clear..

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Sun, May 12 2013

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  • Bollu, Mangalore

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Short Interview...
    Looks like he himself dont have confidence..how long his governmnet will last..with so many oppositions..!!

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  • Golden, Mangalore

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Bollu Maharaj

    We all thought BJP with 110 seat won't last for 5 year. But they did.

    MAHARAJ DON'T WORRY, IT IS HIS HEADACHE AND NOT YOURS.

    YOU JUST CHLLL....JUST CHILL

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  • Bollu, Mangalore

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Goldie...
    Everybody wants siddu to rule for next five years. It's nothing but out of fearness..which is actually towards BJP..!! May be musical chair..everybody by turn will rule just a year..!! kuruba/dalitha/ganiga/vokkaliga/lingayat..!!
    With so many division..it won't see karnatka will 'prosperous' like Gujarath..inner conflict..already started as of daliths..burning down bus and attacking congress office.. What a culture..not found in BJP's rule..!!

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

    Sun, May 12 2013

    Can we eat Sugar more saying Sugar is Sweet?

    Bollu, don't be jealous @ him and just give few months @ least we gave BJP years....Which were eventful,comedy,dance,rape,kissing,porn clip watching,looting of Natural resources(mines) and grabbing land illegally etc etc!!!

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  • Raj, M'lore

    Mon, May 13 2013

    Sure Ismail, we will watch for sure you, me every one will be entertained with congress mega masala, it has been already ignited, expect more dhamakas :) siddu might be a good personality even I appreciate,but all the people in your congress are not saachaas.

    Already congress has started showing its colors in Uchila-mangalore wait & watch.

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