Bengaluru: Victory, defeat part of democracy; focus on development, say HDK-Siddu


From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru

Bengaluru, May 24: Terming the debacle in the just concluded Lok Sabha polls as "totally unexpected and unfortunate," Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and his Congress predecessor Siddaramaiah, who is also the chairman of the Congress-JD(S) coalition coordination committee, have turned stoic holding that victory and defeat were part of the democratic process.

Both Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah vowed to work for strengthening their respective parties and unitedly strive for the development of the State so as to win back the confidence of the people.

The JD(S) as well as Congress party would separately hold introspections and deliberate on the reasons behind the defeat in the lok sabha polls despite the good work done by the coalition government, Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah said in separate responses.

A chastened Kumaraswamy conceded defeat and said he respected the mandate of the people. "Obviously, the voters were carried away by the charisma and personality of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which resulted in the rout of both Congress and JD(S) candidates," he said.

"Our party has seen many victories and defeats over the years and the party workers need not lose heart on this loss. Let us strive to strengthen the party in the days ahead," the chief minister tweeted.

Kumaraswamy congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for emerging victorious for the second time, saying he respected the mandate of the people.

The Chief Minister also thanked the workers of coalition parties, JD(S) and the Congress, for the support and cooperation during the elections.

Meanwhile, Siddaramaiah too tweeted on the same lines, saying the results were unexpected. "The electorate wanted a strong single party government led by a strong leader," he said.

While greeting the Prime Minister on his return to power for the second time, Siddaramaiah tweeted, "Winning and losing is an integral part of our electoral politics and this is the beauty of democratic process. Though the loss was unexpected, we humbly accept people' mandate. I thank all those who supported our candidates & our fight will continue."

Siddaramaiah, who is also the coordination committee chairman of the coalition parties, congratulated all those who were elected to the Lok Sabha from Karnataka.

Wishing them the best, Siddaramaiah said they would protect the interests of the people of Karnataka in Parliament in one voice. "Our focus is now on State’s development and strengthening the party. We must win back the confidence of the people," he said.

Comment on this article

  • Rohith Dalmeida, Mangaluru

    Sat, May 25 2019

    Please focus on your development. Don't think about Karnataka.

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  • MN, Mangalore

    Sat, May 25 2019

    "Unexpected and unfortunate". This shows the level of understanding of Pulse of the voters. Bye the bye whose development they talk about ? Time to introspect ? Applicable to all losers irrespective of party lines.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, May 25 2019

    Please continue with your Good Work ...

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  • neeth, Mangalore

    Sat, May 25 2019

    Good work? OK

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  • DShetty, Udupi

    Sat, May 25 2019

    Helping the BJP is good work!

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  • sk, Mangalore

    Sat, May 25 2019

    Focus on family development. Congress will kindheartedly support you Family development scheme , while Congress will continue to lose respect of people

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Sat, May 25 2019

    Nothing to get disheartened since the success and the defeat is the part of the game.

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  • Abdul Aleem Faroqui, UAE

    Sat, May 25 2019

    Congress collapsed because of JDS! Congressmen are not happy the way coalition decisions which were absolute suicidal. Sumalatha should have been given the ticket from congress! JDS should have contested from 3 seats and the rest Congress! Whatever it is history.. Congratulations to BJP for the stunning victory. If HDK has a bit of remorse, step down and DKS should be the CM! HDK doesn’t deserve to be CM rather Deputy CM.. CM should have been from the Congress from the day one!

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  • YASHH, Mangalore

    Sat, May 25 2019

    Now you people are starting to just focus on developments?? OOPS these people are crazy, so HDK & SIDDU agreeing nothing they have done for the society till now..

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  • Vantage Point, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Sat, May 25 2019

    You are right . In the past one year. 6 months went on to prove majority, running to resorts, infighting, hiding , flying to Delhi every now and then and weeping in press meets. Next 2 months HDK had to launch his son in a movie and was busy. The last month was spent on deciding to launch the Gowda family members. All this while Siddu was busy as peon of Mrs. HDK.

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  • kp, udupi

    Sat, May 25 2019

    your observation is absolutely right.
    But our politicians will not understand.

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