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Udupi: Social media agog with rumours of defection to BJP - Madhwaraj denies


Umesh Marpalli

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Oct 9: The information being circulated by social media over the last some days claimed that former minister and influential Congress leader from coastal Karnataka, Pramod Madhwaraj, would cross over to BJP and fight Lok Sabha election as a BJP candidate. This matter had kicked up a hot debate, with several supporting Madhwaraj on the issue and others criticising him.

It is public knowledge that during the recent assembly election, it was claimed that Pramod would join the BJP and as per some sources, he too had revealed to some media persons that he was on the threshold of joining BJP. However, he had to retract his steps as some veteran BJP leaders did not like the idea of admitting him into the party.

People are not prepared to dismiss the information as mere rumour, going by Madhwaraj's body language during recent months. He had dithered from making adverse statements about Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. He also reportedly advised leaders close to him in his party not to hold any protests against Modi. Even when the party overlooked his advice and held protests, he stayed away from them.

Congress faced utter defeat in all the five assembly constituencies in the district during the recent assembly poll. Congress workers and leaders opine that decisions taken by Pramod and his behaviour in the public were prominent reasons for this loss of face. Madhwaraj was not seen even in the recent Bharat Bandh observed by the Congress in protest against hike in prices of petroleum products. When the party workers were recently caned by the policemen, which they feel was high-handedness on the part of the police, Pramod did not come forward in support of the workers. This has given rise to a grouse among Congress cadres against him. When all the district level Congress leaders participated in the protest against the Rafael deal, Pramod was conspicuous by his absence. He had claimed that he was unwell. This too had put his party workers in a quandary.

The information being circulated through WhatsApp groups about his joining BJP also has evoked strong response from some leaders and workers. While some said Pramod being a sincere worker of the party will not desert it, others mentioned about his mother having crossed over to BJP after being in Congress for long. Reportedly, some zilla panchayat members and municipal councillors too welcomed his decision to leave the party.

Even if he decides to join the BJP, it is not easy, considering that there are several former Congress leaders in the BJP who aspire to fight the coming Lok Sabha election. Moreover, most of the party leaders including MLA, Raghupati Bhat, are opposed to his admission into the BJP.

Madhwaraj clarifies

Pramod Madhwaraj, in his response to the media on the subject, said that the information being published by some social sites and publications about he having decided to join the BJP are far from truth. He dismissed them as mere figments of imagination. "Even in the past such rumours had made the rounds. The rumours have surfaced again now. I want to confirm that I will remain with the Congress," he asserted. 

 


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  • Rudolf, Udupi

    Wed, Oct 10 2018

    Pramod Madhwaraj NO 1 MLA ???? why he comeing to BJP ???????

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India.

    Wed, Oct 10 2018

    If Pramod Madhwaraj joins BJP, I can only say, he has no self respect. Reason is very simple because during MLA election, BJP has criticised him as corrupt Congress leader. It is his choice. if he is not happy in Congress, better for him to leave the party. At least some young lads can take the leadership and build the party.

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  • nitin, mangalore

    Wed, Oct 10 2018

    pramod Madhwaraj has to be more on social media with his PR team speacially Facebook Twitter wassup. now marketing fake promisess are in market more demand. so he has to go for it

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  • ray, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 10 2018

    All parties are same and hand in hand...we the people are fools to follow them blindly!!!

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Wed, Oct 10 2018

    That means JP Hegde corned by BJP

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  • Navin Shetty, Manipal/ Bahrain

    Wed, Oct 10 2018

    But the orange dresses he wore these days says someting else ;)

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    While addressing the party’s social media volunteers in Rajasthan’s Kota recently, Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah said that the group had the power to make any message go viral, whether real or fake.

    While addressing the rally Amit Shah told BJP Social Media Volunteers "Real or fake, we can make any message go viral".
    "We can keep making messages go viral, whether they are real or fake, sweet or sour," the BJP president boasted.

    In the past sitting MP Shobha Kardlanje uploaded fake news on 'Mesta' copying from Modi follower Vikram Hegde 'Postcard.com' that resulted in communal violence.

    Today once again it has proved that BJP IT Cell graduated from Whatsapp and Facebook university working in cottage industry is real danger to the integrity of the nation.

    This is the reality of the Prime Minister Modi's 'Digital India'. Perhaps recent signing of missile defence system from Russia ahead of Lok Sabha polls one of the strategy of the party to employ same tactics which helped President Donald Trump to come to power in United States.

    Jai Hind

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  • Cyril, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    Same rumours were spread earlier during election time and Congress leader Pramod Madwaraj made it clear that he has no intention of jumping.
    These rumours will spread again & again to defame the person so that opposite party will get the votes. Only Fekus will go cheap to do these kind of politics.

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  • JK, Udupi

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    If Pramod Madwaraj joins BJP, I will also join BJP!!!!!

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  • Thomas, Udupi

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    Good, they want people to sell pakoda and chai, i think you are right choice.

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  • Mahathma, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    jaidhinaklen lakkavodchi please!!! no publicity gimmicks? now a days FB and Whatsapp are easy to raise the publicity

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  • uttam, bangalore

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    This is bad news for future of Congress in Udupi & DK. Only Mithun Rai & Uday kumar shetty are left out amongst the future prospects in Congress. All others are veterans who can do little to save Congress here.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    If BJP is ready to give MP or MLA ticket than surely join BJP.

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    To give up MP seat to Madhwaraj, Sobakka should get Home Minister post in State govt!

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    Disaster if a young budding politician take this controversial decision

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    Promod Madhwaraj can single handily buy entire BJP in Karnataka ...

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  • Naveen Rego, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    True, most of congress veterans can buy a lot because they have made lot of money.For eg DKS can buy whole Bengaluru and RaGa fmly can buy half of India.....

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    Mera Desh Badal Raha Hai ...

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  • Narendra Kumar, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    Promod Madhwaraj won't be sold for BJP's looted money bags from Demonetisation or from Crony Capitalist's commission.

    So BJP thugs are making a fresh "Dombarata".

    They can stoop to any level to create fake news because their 'Master of Roaster' is a 'BIG FEKHU' and in 2019 youngistan of India won't buy his FAKE PAKODA'S and vote for him.

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    If Pramod Madhwaraj joins BJP, JP Hegde will quit BJP and rejoin Congress!

    By the way, why BJP leaders are so keen on Pramod Madhwaraj's inclusion in the party? They were accusing him of corruption before last assembly election!

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  • GD, Udupi

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    BJP known for spreading rumours.

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  • JNB, Mumbai_mangalore

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    Madhwaraj will not commit mistake like JP Hegde,

    Once or twice
    Later
    Naa hider naa Udaar like Sbapathy.

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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 9 2018

    CONGRESS PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS HAVING DEMAND......

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