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Bengaluru: Protesters slam BJP leader Eshwarappa for anti-Christian remark, demand apology


Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (HB)
With Inputs from Media Release

Bengaluru, Apr 16: Hundreds of Christians gathered at Gandhi Statue, Gandhinagar on Monday, April 15 to protest against BJP leader Eshwarappa who had reportedly said that ‘Christians are not honest and loyal citizens of India’.

The protest held by Karnataka Christian Social Welfare Association and prominent leaders of various Christian associations demanded an apology from Eshwarappa.

Several newspapers and visual media reporters interacted with the protestors.

Pericho Prabhu, Arun Fernandes, Edward D'Souza, FKCA chairman, and office bearers Kennedy, Dilraj Sequeira, Ida D'Cunha, Kumar Tiwari and prominent Christian leaders belonging to various political parties and different associations were present.

Eshwarappa should apologise – IFKCA

International Federation of Karnataka Christian Associations (IFKCA) strongly condemned the statement made by BJP leader Eshwarappa who said that Christian community is not loyal to the country.

“It was against Constitution of India and secular values. His words hurt the feelings of Christian community. Therefore, Eshwarappa should apologise immediately for defaming our community,” said Lewis Lobo, honorary president of IFKCA at Udupi press club here on Monday, April 15.

Prashanth Jathanna, state president of IFKCA said, “The total Christian population of India is 2.5%, but it is contributing 10 times more to the development of the society. Whether it may be education sector, social service, health sector or other field, there are major contributions made by Christians to the society.

“Senior BJP leader L K Advani also pursued his education in Christian school. He also praised the Christian society. He never spoke against Christian community. How can we expect such defaming comments by BJP leader which is now governing with the slogan of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’.

“Christian society made revolution in education field. Christian schools have imparted education without any discrimination of caste and religion. Earlier, Eshwarappa insulted other religion also. The Christian community is not expecting ticket from you. But do not give such irresponsible statements on Christians. We hope that BJP will take action against him. He should apologise to our community,” he said.

Stevan Colaco, general secretary, Janet Barboza, president, Christian Women Okkoota, Robert Menezes, appointed president, Catholic Sabha and Prem Menezes were present.

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  • John Crasta, Mangaluru

    Sun, May 26 2019

    My apologies for the delay.
    If Eshwarappa demands the closure of the embassies of all the christian countries in India , I would certainly consider him as the greatest nationalist in india in the last 500 years. Why delay it until the next election in 2024 and irritate people every day .Let us settle it once for all.
    John Crasta.

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  • Willie Menda, Bangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    You can't expect eshwarappa to be a gentleman.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Eshwar mean GOD but he does the Opposite ...

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  • JOSEPH, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    In the light of Mr. Eswarappa's comments, can he clarify on what basis BJP has given tickets to more than 10 MLA's in Goa who have won in their Ticket? Also, how come late Mr. George Fernandes was one of the close aides and associate of NDA Govt during Vajpayee's regime. Has he forgotten that? Very sad that the State President of a National Level Party, that too a ruling party in Centre opens up his mind about the party's stand towards Christians and no one condemns it.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore/Kwt

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Late George Fernandes would have definitely demanded an apology or his ouster from the party. How dare Eswarappa made this baseless statement when a senior popular Christian politician, Tom Vadakkan had recently joined BJP. All Christian members in the BJP should demand an apology from him or should leave the party.

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  • DON, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    He is talking about himself.
    Remember he said earlier to lie to voters to win elections.

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  • S. Francis, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    I want to tell all my fellow Indians, today what India has achieved post Independence is only because of Education. Without education no country has ever able to get developed. Then who are the pioneers of Education System in Independent India, they are Christian missionaries. Can any non Christian deny this. No. So be grateful to Christian community who has contributed in the fields of education, health, etc. We are tolerant, silent, that does not mean anyone can take us for granted. We the Christians are always proudly say that we are the true Indians. We born, live and always love to die as true patriotic Indians. Let any tom, dick, harry and Eshwarappa say any nonsense. But it wont't change our honesty to our motherland.

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  • H. A Dsouza, Damoh

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Mr Eshwarappa how can you say that Christians are not honest ? Christian are living in this County more than 2000 years.and please point out single incident of anti national activity. If particular faith become popular your false allegations cannot stop it.
    First stop using Bus,Car,Train, Aeroplane, Electricity, Computer, calendar. etc invented by Christians.

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    He is senseless. Fake!
    So many running to Christian countries and never return.
    If Christians are dishonest, why they run to Christian countries?

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  • Jacintha, Kadri

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    It is saddening to note that so many who are/were educated in Christian institutes,who were taught patriotism in these institutions don't object publicly when religious biased comments appear,(except for few).Are we not Indians who love our country?

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Interesting..., with due apologies.., can they be called as FEKU Christians..,
    My only submission is..., Instead of protesting..., they should practice - the Christian values taught & practiced by their Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

    Let me recall to quote what a Christian teacher explained in good olden days during moral education time in a remote village Mission School.., to say the least that Jesus Christ preached to his followers - "Love thy neighbor, Love your enemy & then Love your God.., and Lord Jesus said further you can't love me unless first you love your neighbor & your enemy..., - which Jesus Christ practiced while he was crucified in the cross : - and the verses is - "Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing..."

    I can only say that these Christians doing just a time pass....!!!!

    While Eshwarappa is miserably faulting in following Etho’s REAL Hinduism - : “Vasudhaiva Kutumbam, Sarva Dharma Samabhava & Ahimsa paramo Dharma..”, there is no locus standee, that justifies this protest…,

    Without prejudice..., a food for thought...,

    jh
    jai hind..,

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  • Steven, Dxb

    Wed, Apr 17 2019

    Hello,, is modi practicing the hindutwa? Or either any so called bjpians? Isn't how annoying when people like eshwar and modi bakts are forgot to see their own backyard. Christian are the most tolerant people in the world. Do not take as a granted new Indians are educated by Christian Institutions and they are well known unlike you people like corrupt minds.

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  • Harold Dcunha, Mangalore, India.

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Just ignore Eshwarappa's anti comments against Christians. He has been side lined in his own party and now he want to get attention by mocking at the soft target.

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  • ummar, mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    who are they to give certificate who is honest who are not , first of all u people to be honest given promise to be fulfil first

    if eswarappa not happy here in india better go to NEPAL ..

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  • shuba, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Eshwarappa either illiterate or doesnt know the christian community well and hence he has given his
    mentally unstable statement.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Ridiculous and most idiotic statement made by BJP leader Eshwarappa. He has lowered his dignity by such lousy statement against the Christian community.

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  • C.E.SALDANHA, Shivbagh, kadri

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Sick mind!

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  • Steevan Dsouza, Mangalore/Dubai

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Eshwarappa, We Christians do not need any MP or MLA Post to Serve people. Even Mother Thresa had served people without any Post.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Stevan D'Souza, Mangalore/Dubai,
    I fully agree with your sensible comment which I hope many will understand.

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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Eshwarappa looks like a monster.

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  • Gangaram, Moodbidri

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    My Christian brothers and sisters. kindly note, if a dog barks looking at sky, moon will not fall down.

    so give him time to regret what he said... "khuda ka gharpe dher hai andhera nahi"......

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  • SB, Mlore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    The hypocrisy of the electorate is if a community boycott some political party asking its people to vote for vote against a particular party in religious lines it is ok. What is the same political party says that we don't need your support or vote then it's becomes communal.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    @ Chowkidara Shankara, Mangaluru

    By your suggestion to Christian to prove Eshwarappaji wrong.., may encourage all self proclaimed nationlist to practice wrong to suit & meet their political objective..., throwing Hindustan's law & constituion ...., In otherwords it may promote lawlessness....!!!! it is called nothing but FEKUISM...,

    get well soon.., have one bye 2 chai + pakoda...!!!

    lol...

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  • Kudla Stories, Kudla

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Strange, BJP and its blind army think supporting them is nationalism and not supporting is anti nationalism. Wow, as if God gave them the keys of hindu protection on a platter. Please!!

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    True Indians will NOT support Chor and BJP.

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  • alex, mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    It has become a dangerous trend worldwide to criticize, malign and desecrate Christianity and things related with it. Worldwide Christians are the most persecuted group, may be the lack of unity, on adherence to the faith and not understanding privilege of being a Christian could be a cause, we should introspect. We certainly don’t need a certificate from Eshwarappa but God above knows the Christian’s patriotism. May good sense prevail in our leaders and not polarize people based on caste and religion. Karnataka has and is a good place for minorities and let people with their unwise comments not spoil it.

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    No sensible person will ever create disharmony between communities.
    People's representatives is at atleast supposed to know what our constitution has written!
    Defying very own constitution and claiming to be a nationalist😀
    Expose him, let his own be uncomfortable with his statement and bring him back to senses!

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  • Chowkidar Shankar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    I think all Christians should prove Eshwarappa wrong by unanimously voting for BJP. That should be a slap on his face!!!

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  • PINTO, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    So as per your logic not voting for BJP is equal to not loyal to the country. In other words what you mentioned here and what Eshwarappa said is same.

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  • gm, Mlur

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    BJP (politicians) are hindus only for getting Votes. If True leader then they don't ask the vote in religions name. BJP is just a party not a nation so everyone is having their own choice and rights in our democratic India. Most of the Hindus are vote for congress you can't call them anti India. Those are the people build the nation and not BJP. There was a saying in tulu Onji Peddidhinal Path Peddhidhinaleg kalpavondhitholge.

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  • Chowkidar Shankar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Gm,
    You leader Shri Rahul Gandhi becomes a shivbhakth in Hindu majority areas and wears a skull cap in Muslim dominated areas.
    Your Priyanka wears rudraksh while in UP and a cross in Kerala!!!!

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  • gm, Mlur

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Rahul and Priyanka may believe in all the religions (god is one for all). That's why so far "Unity in Diversity" in India. I know what you claimed is not true. Politicians are not fighting for the religion so i don't think they should not talk about it much. They should focus on the developmental of works of the nation.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    According to you then, what are the communities who call on their brethren not to vote for a particular party called ? That is allowed a per holy books and constitution is it ?

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  • gm, Mlur

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    It's because of the politicians, if the politicians telling openly christians are muslims are not loyal then anyone can tell that they are against their community.

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  • Rational thinker, Mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Mr Chowkidar, voting for BJP has nothing to do with nationalism or patriotism.
    It's just another political party like Congress, AAP or JDS.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore/Kwt

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Eshwarappa has already insulted a few Christian members in the BJP. First of all they should slap him and get out of the party.

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  • SBM, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Do not vote for the person who takes the name of any religion or community. Be that be any party.
    We Indians should have our own voice.

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  • Mark D'cruz, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    bros and sis.. let the dogs bark.!

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  • Rational thinker, MANGALURU

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Not worth wasting our valuable time on this mean guy. This is the same guy in whose residence currency counting machines were found during his minister-ship under the previous government.

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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Eshwarappa should stand in front of the mirror to find out who see who is not loyal. He will get his answer immediately. It is a shame that such people of zero intelligence are allowed to thrive in public life.

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  • SM, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    His Apology is of No use ... Better not to Vote BJP, Because it is not a secular Party... all minorities should think this time and Vote for a right Candidate... instead, of Protesting and wasting our time for this Uneducated Useless Fellow...

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  • kp, udupi

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    who is secular and not secular will be decided on may 23 . lets wait and watch

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  • SM, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    I,m Eagerly Waiting for That...

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  • Sannu, Mangalore Manipal Qatar

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Eshwarappa BJP Leader is a Shepherd and a Coward what do he know about the C Society he eats and drink with the C family wherever he goes now he talk bad about the C society beware of these Shepherds do not give him a chance most of the 4 Generation of now a days studied in these C School and Colleges and came up in life getting good jobs and this persons came up with new ideas blaming C Families shame on him in Karnataka India

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Eshwarappa should control his tongue.

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  • Robin, Bahrain

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Needs engine tuning first from a expert mechanic.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    "Christians are not honest and loyal citizens of India"....

    Che Che Very bad Eswarappa. How can you say all that?

    Christians are very honest people. They love Hindus very much.

    Take my example only Eswarappa. Here in this Christian dominated portal they have given me so much love. May not agree with my comments,but almost all ..yes all...love me.

    Very loyal citizens also. Why not loyal...Nonsense. They are from here only no. ?
    Are they outsiders?

    For your political gains do not utter nonsense. Forget anybody's political leanings.

    Christians are loveable, noble and most respected,dignified community. Their serice in the field of education is unparalleled.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Bhandarkarji, I object your comment very strongly especially all the paras except the last one. You have put comment in a sarcastic way. Any way, let me say, me and my house members love Hindus in our neighborhood. In return they too are loving us. We all live as one community till date. Want to join our neighborhood and experience it?? You must have had some bitter experiences from my community so as I. It doesn't mean that all Christians are bad (according to you) , and all Hindus are bad (according to some Christians) . In short, my conclusion is in every aspect "good" and "bad" is there.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Cynthia Kirem...

    Please do not jump into conclusions. This is all I can say. You don't even know me...!

    What do you know about my neighborhood ..where I spent the best years of my life ..my child hood?

    What do you know about my schooling? How do you think I write all these comments....i.e..The foundation for it?

    You know what is 'sarcasm' ? You think ..you do?

    Very disappointing to read your post..Cynthi.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Cynthiaji...

    You have written like or spoken just like Eswarappa..is what I can say in a nut shell not caring for the feelings..of an individual...here in this case.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Dear Bhandarkarji, I agree I don't know you personally. What I expressed here, are my feelings towards our Hindu community not only you in particular dear. Let it reach every one and let every one know including Eshwarappa that we Christians love Hindu community as well as Muslim and everyone. We are not outsiders exactly what you said is true. ..if you feel offended by my words, I am sorry. Let's sum up this way, We are like one hand. When we close our hand, five fingers though they are of different sizes and shape join together. We love you and everyone

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru
    Do we interfere in your Religion & Faith ...

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  • GD, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    If people vote for this party, this is what you will get. BJP is a party thriving on polarised India. Christians are more honest and loyal to India than Nirav and Lalit modi, Mehul Chowski, Vijay Mallya. Christians do not own companies making paper fighter planes. EVMs are preloaded hence these statements by this guy.

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  • CHARLES SALDANHA, MALAD-MALWANI

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Mr Eshwarappa please open your eyes and see around add judge yourself about the genuineness of your comments on which peace loving community will not have serious reaction.

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  • Gabriel Lewis, Brahmavar

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Bjps are good in divide n rule policy. They always spit venom in the name of religion.
    These appas like yeddyurappa n eshwarappas are dangerous to the development of the society.

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  • Praveen, Mangalorean

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    BJP leader Eshwarappa who had reportedly said that ‘Christians are not honest and loyal citizens of India’. Before saying let him see himself first...????

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Where ever Eshwarappa a poul mouth person goes Christians will show a black flag and shud everyone laugh at him.

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    They are instructed to deliver the speech by the communals
    See his name Eshwarappa??
    And his face thought n tounge ......like Moongusappa

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Election Commission should bar Eshwarappa from campaigning for 2019 elections as he has clearly violated Election Commissions Code of Conduct at least for Two times.

    1) He justified denying tickets to Christians, saying that Muslims and Christians had not been given party tickets since they were not loyal to the country. In a controversial statement, KS Eshwarappa said “Lok Sabha tickets cannot be distributed to Muslims and Christians under quota. Tickets should be given to those who are loyal to the country.”

    2) Mangaluru, Nov 11: BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Eshwarappa on Saturday November 11, while referring to the Muslim community, said that those who slaughter cows are not true Muslims, and are anti-nationals. DAIJIWORLD WEB PORTAL NEWS UPDATED ON Sat, Nov 11 2017 09:20:20 PM).

    I AM STRONGLY SUGGESTING ELECTION COMMISSION TO BAR ESHWARAPPA FROM CAMPAIGNING IN 2019 ELECTIONS AS HE IS SPEAKING CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS AS ANTI-NATIONALS.

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  • Karthik Karkera, Maryhill Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Eshwarappas career will be over post 2019 elections , he will be forced to join Advani & Joshi.

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  • gm, Mlur

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Name is Ishwara and behavior is Rakshasa.

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